The history of the antivax movement

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Oct 1, 2008

Salon magazine has a very interesting article online about the history of the anti-vaccination movement. It gives an overview of the bad science, egos, corruption, conflicts of interest, and outright fraud at the heart of the movement.

That this is coming from Salon -- a magazine that gave space to the ravings of antivaxxer Robert Kennedy Jr. -- is nice to see. The article is about a book, Paul A. Offit's Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure, which details the nonsense that is the antivax argument. It sounds like a very good read, and something I'll have to pick up soon.

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