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So to lighten things up on such a heavy subject -- this fine satire by
Cornelia Read puts autism, science and journalism in proper context. Facts
and humor allow the reader to laugh and learn.
Many hilarious photocopies of pharmaceutical ads are interspersed.
Here's one excerpt, Robert F. Kennedy writes:
In fact, the government has proved to be far more adept at handling the
damage than at protecting children's health. The CDC paid the Institute of
Medicine to conduct a new study to whitewash the risks of thimerosal,
ordering researchers to "rule out" the chemical's link to autism. It
withheld Verstraeten's findings, even though they had been slated for
immediate publication, and told other scientists that his original data had
been "lost" and could not be replicated. And to thwart the Freedom of
Information Act, it handed its giant database of vaccine records over to a
private company, declaring it off-limits to researchers. By the time
Verstraeten finally published his study in 2003, he had gone to work for
GlaxoSmithKline and reworked his data to bury the link between thimerosal