Thank you for this blog reference. It is just a great, great overview
(and funny, too!).
The kind of stuff Science for the People once was, and could be again.
At 12:35 AM 4/3/2008, you wrote:
>I see a sqabble beginning...
>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