Doctor Who Fooled the World

  • Brian Deer
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A reporter uncovers the secrets behind the scientific scam of the century. The news breaks first as a tale of fear and pity. Doctors at a London hospital claim a link between autism and a vaccine given to millions of children: MMR. Young parents are terrified. Immunisation rates slump. And as a worldwide 'anti-vax' movement kicks off, old diseases return to sicken and kill. But a veteran reporter isn't so sure, and sets out on an epic investigation. Battling establishment cover-ups, smear campaigns, and gagging lawsuits, he exposes rigged research and secret schemes, the heartbreaking plight of families struggling with disability, and the scientific deception of our time. Here's the story of Andrew Wakefield: a man in search of greatness, who stakes his soul on big ideas that, if right, might transform lives. But when the facts don't fit, he can't face failure. He'll do whatever it takes to succeed.
'It's a remarkable story and this is a remarkable book ... Helping to explain the political and social predicament that now afflicts so many of us - the crisis in truth and its exploitation by people without scruple.' -- David Aaronovitch * The Times, 'Book of the Week' * 'Brian Deer's definitive account of Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent attempt to link the onset of autism in children with the MMR vaccine could not be better timed ... gripping.' -- Dominic Lawson * The Sunday Times * 'Andrew Wakefield is one of the darkest figures of our time, personally responsible for launching a mass panic about vaccines that has resulted in a resurgence of deadly childhood epidemics worldwide. He has also caused untold grief to misguided parents who view this con-man as a saviour, and to autistic people who face further stigma by being falsely portrayed as 'vaccine-damaged'. Written with the meticulousness of a journalist determined to find out the truth and the pulse-pounding pacing of a thriller, The Doctor Who Fooled the World is a profoundly important book.' -- Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes: the legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity 'Seldom ... has any new book been more timely than The Doctor Who Fooled the World.' -- Decca Aitkenhead * The Sunday Times * 'Comprehensive.' -- Michael Fitzpatrick * The Telegraph * 'A brilliant book.' -- Kevin O'Sullivan * Kevin and Ash, talkRadio * 'The Doctor Who Fooled the World is a definitive account of the most consequential medical fraud of the twentieth century and of investigative reporter Brian Deer's role in uncovering it. Deer's book is a compelling reminder of what great investigative journalism looks like and why it matters.' -- Kathleen Hall Jamieson, PhD, author of Cyberwar and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center 'Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and Deer shines some of the brightest rays yet to reveal the rotten heart of one of the greatest public health frauds in history.' -- Dr Zubin Damania, University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine, and host of ZDoggMD Show 'A magnificent book. Too few people know how greed and deceit conspired to create the myth that vaccines cause autism. Only Brian Deer can tell that whole story, because he uncovered all of its chilling twists and turns.' -- Dr Ivan Oransky, president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and co-founder of Retraction Watch 'As a paediatrician, I've witnessed with fury the impact that Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent science has had on the health of children. This brilliantly written book is a must-read.' -- Dr Su Laurent, author of Your Baby Month By Month: what to expect from birth to 2 years 'An extraordinary story of medical fraud and scaremongering, told by the courageous and tenacious journalist who revealed the truth.' -- Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Enigma 'This riveting history of Andrew Wakefield's career as an advocate for the discredited link between the measles vaccine and autism serves as a stirring demonstration of the process and power of investigative journalism ... Deer recounts uncovering Wakefield's deceptions thanks to testimony from disillusioned parents of study participants and guidance from more meticulous scientists ... Readers who love a good debunking will find Deer's narrative logical, exciting, and enraging.' * Publishers Weekly * 'Riveting from start to finish. Thankfully, reporters like Brian Deer exist. He is not afraid to look into the eyes of the Grim Reaper and to fight back on behalf of all of us for whom scientific rigour is so important, but also perhaps more importantly, for the families whose lives have so often been devastated by misinformation and bad science.' -- Ava Easton, Chief Executive, Encephalitis Society 'At times Deer's book reads more like a thriller, and reveals the extent to which an ostensibly empirical scientific endeavour can be distorted by the subjectivity of human nature.' -- Decca Aitkenhead * The Australian * 'Well argued and entertainingly written.' -- Robin Osborne * GPSpeak * 'Very detailed yet easy to read story of the events ... It's investigative journalism at its best and medical research at its worst ... The Doctor Who Fooled the World is a fantastically detailed look at why we need investigative journalism and the global effect of misinformation.' * Sam Still Reading * 'Mind-boggling ... Every chapter drops your jaw.' * The Big Think * 'Although many people think they know this now-infamous story, it is likely they are unaware of all its dramatic details.' -- Dr Paul A. Offit * Science * 'Deer has been on the front line investigating this scandal for more than a decade, and his book is captivating on many levels ... This stunning work sounds an urgent message and demonstrates the essential role of investigative journalism in uncovering the truth.' -- Kristen Rabe * Foreword Reviews * 'Seldom has any new book been more timely than The Doctor Who Fooled the World ... At times the book reads more like a thriller than a journalistic investigation.' * The Sunday Times Magazine * 'It's fantastic ... I couldn't put it down. It was absolutely enthralling, disturbing, and it had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through.' -- Heidi Robertson, host of The Skeptic Zone 'In this coronavirus age, where conspiracy theories run rampant, it's an essential reminder: facts matter.' -- Natalie Kotsios * The Weekly Times * 'Riveting ... a compelling portrait of hubris and the terrible dark shadow it can cast.' -- Saad B. Omer * Nature * 'Exposing researchers who lie, cheat and fake their data often requires the work of courageous whistleblowers or tenacious investigative journalists. Enter Brian Deer, an award-winning reporter for the Sunday Times of London.' -- Michael Shermer * The Wall Street Journal * 'This is storytelling at its best ... And this is ultimately, investigative journalism at its best ... The Doctor Who Fooled the World does an amazing job of taking you to the beginnings of the modern-day anti-vax movement, opening your eyes to the ulterior motives of the man who lit the match and started a fire that sadly, can't seem to be put out.' -- Melody Tan * Mums at the Table * 'This book is the whole story.' 4.5 STARS -- Robyn Douglas * The Advertiser * 'The Doctor Who Fooled The World provides a damning indictment of the processes and procedures against scientific fraud in medical academe ... The great strength of Deer's book is how he clearly explains the issues associated with medical and scientific research in the specialised area of vaccinations. His account is readily accessible to persons without such knowledge or training. The Doctor Who Fooled The World should be read by all of us for its explanation of campaigns against vaccination - battles between science and superstition, science and pseudo-science - which, if not put to rest, will have devastating consequences for all of us.' -- Braham Dabscheck * The Newtown Review of Books * 'Deer's book contains everything you would ever want to know about the Wakefield MMR-autism fraud, and then some. He is the great expert on this matter.' -- Fortean Times
Uitgavejaar 2020
ISBN 9781911617808
Verschijningsdatum 1 sep. 2020
Omvang 416
Auteur(s) Brian Deer
Bindwijze Paperback
Taal Engels
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