Sunday, March 30, 2003

Thimersol and autism

The New York Times reports on an American review of evidence of the relationship between autism and mercury. It seems even in the US now, people are trying to find a connection between autism and vaccination. In Britain, the most popular (except in the medical profession) links measles to autism; in America, it is thimersol that is the centre of speculation.

And yet, an awful lot of effort is being spent trying to find some kind of a link when even the circumstantial evidence of a link is weak. This is the problem when science is lead by popular opinion rather than expertise. spiked columnist, Dr Michael Fitzpatrick, has been consistently critical of the panic around measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Vaccines and Autism, Beyond the Fear Factors, New York Times, 25 March 2003

spiked-issue: MMR

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