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Stories by Seth Mnookin

The impossibility of responsible nuance in the vaccine discussion

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled 6–2 in Bruesewitz v. Wyeth , a case involving parents' rights to sue vaccine manufacturers. Before getting into the particulars, here's some important background: In the early 1980s, literally hundreds of lawsuits were filed in civil courts claiming children had been harmed by the whole-cell pertussis component of the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT) vaccine...

February 24, 2011 — Seth Mnookin

The Huffington Post and the ongoing fear that vaccines might cause autism

Almost exactly 13 years ago, Andrew Wakefield addressed a group of reporters in a conference room at London's Royal Free Hospital to discuss a 12-child case study he and some colleagues had written up positing a theoretical connection between the measles-mumps-rubella virus and gut disorders and then between those gut disorders and autism...

February 11, 2011 — Seth Mnookin
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