Defeating Autism: A Damaging Delusion / Edition 1

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Overview

An increased public awareness of autism has resulted in a rising trend of diagnoses, creating the impression of an 'epidemic'. Many parents of children newly diagnosed with autism have been impressed by plausible theories blaming vaccines and other environmental causes. Many have also been captivated by claims that 'biomedical' treatments - including special diets and supplements, detoxification and medications - can achieve dramatic results.
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'Medicine has limits. Despite tremendous technological advances several diseases remain without a clear cause or cure, autism among them. Unfortunately, where medicine fails, charlatanism and quackery abounds, often with damaging results. In his book, Defeating Autism, Michael Fitzpatrick, a physician and himself the father of an autistic son, explores the therapies that have been proffered for autistic children with clarity and compassion. This is a must read for any parent trying to wade through the Arabian bazaar of autism therapies.' - Paul A. Offit, M.D., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA

'With eloquent and persuasive writing, Fitzpatrick uncovers the political agendas that lie behind current fears of an autism crisis, and challenges the epidemic of unproven and expensive treatments. He shows us that our children are indeed being helped tremendously, not by unscientific autism treatments that falsely promise cure or recovery, but by educators, scientists, evidence-based therapies, and new understandings of what it means to be human, and different, in the twenty first century. If my child were diagnosed with autism today, I would turn to Dr Michael Fitzpatrick for guidance.' - Roy Richard Grinker, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University, USA and author of Unstrange Minds

‘Fitzpatrick has begun a much-needed conversation… A disembodied attitude of incredulity toward what is known and true can lead parents and scientists to dark places. Fitzpatrick’s book is a superb effort to reverse these negative trends.’ – Contemporary Psychology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415449809
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Fitzpatrick has worked as a general practitioner in East London for 25 years. He writes on health matters for a range of medical and mainstream publications, including two previous books for Routledge: The Tyranny of Health and MMR and Autism.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 Introduction: when quackery kills 1

2 Toxic childhood 14

3 Age of autism 26

4 Angry parents 37

5 Unorthodox biomedics 57

6 Genes or toxins? 76

7 MMR: ten years on 88

8 Mercury and beyond 99

9 From diet to detox 114

10 Treatment issues 130

11 Conclusion: being appropriately critical 142

Bibliography 148

Index 162

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Just from the sample I can tell it's good.

    THIS is what people should be reading. NOT Jenny Mccarthy or Andrew Wakefield or any of those idiots.

    Now, if only this book were cheaper...

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