Paul Offit on Science Friday

Paul Offit, author of Autism's False ProphetsDr. Paul Offit recently appeared on Science Friday to discuss the recent outbreak of measles, the continuing controversy regarding vaccination and its possible link to childhood autism, and his new book Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure.

Offit also speculated on why science and the scientific community has had such a difficult time convincing people that vaccines are perfectly safe and why some parents and the media focus on perceived risks despite the wealth of scientific evidence.

In the latter half of the program, Offit took a call from a caller who was skeptical of Offit’s evidence and is vaccinating her child on her own schedule. There are interesting discussions of the caller’s points and the show at LeftBrain/RightBrain and at TrustedMd.

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