Panic Virus - Seth Mnookin
We started this segment with a clip from Mary James. She's with the Vaccine Risk Awareness Network in Winnipeg. And she's talking about Doctor Andrew Wakefield. In 1998, Doctor Wakefield co-authored a paper in the medical journal, The Lancet. The paper described the onset of autism in a group of children following their vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). And it was instrumental in stoking the belief that there was a link between those vaccinations and autism.
Last week, The British Medical Journal published an article that described Doctor Wakefield's paper as a deliberate fraud. Despite that, as you can hear, Doctor Wakefield still has his supporters.
In a new book, Seth Mnookin tells the story behind Doctor Wakefield's paper and the anti-vaccination movement that grew out of it. Seth Mnookin is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair magazine. His book is called Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear. It's set to hit bookstore shelves today. And Seth Mnookin was in New York City.
As you may have heard, Julian Fantino -- the former head of the Ontario Provincial Police -- was named to the federal cabinet last week, as Minister of State for Seniors. We go live now, to this late -- and entirely fake -- breaking news.
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