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The Doctor Who Fooled the World

Brian Deer

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Scribe Publications
01 September 2020
A reporter uncovers the secrets behind the scientific scam of the century.

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.

'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 '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 pediatrician, 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 '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 '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 '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 '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 'It's a remarkable story and this is a remarkable book ... H elping 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' 'Riveting ... a compelling portrait of hubris and the terrible dark shadow it can cast.' -Saad B. Omer, Nature 'Well argued and entertainingly written.' -Robin Osborne, GPSpeak '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 '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 '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.' -Kristin Rabe, Foreword Reviews '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.' -Derek Beres, The Big Think 'A great ripping yarn of journalism.' -Andrew Mueller, Monocle Radio '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 'A brilliant book.' -Kevin O'Sullivan, Kevin and Ash, talkRadio 'In this coronavirus age, where conspiracy theories run rampant, it's an essential reminder- facts matter.' -Natalie Kotsios, The Weekly Times
By:   Brian Deer
Imprint:   Scribe Publications
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 252mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   546g
ISBN:   9781925713688
ISBN 10:   1925713687
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Brian Deer is a veteran British investigative journalist, best known for his inquiries into the drug industry, medicine, and social issues for the Sunday Times of London. Among his awards, Deer was twice named the UK's specialist reporter of the year, and in 2016 he was made Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by York St. John University.

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