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Diagnoses of autism are rising. Why? Is some biological agent causing an actual uptick in autism?

In 1998, the respected medical journal The Lancet published a paper by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a U.K.-based physician and researcher, that proposed a link between child vaccinations and autism. The paper ignited a major public fear of vaccinations and a hot scientific debate which ended with the disgrace and discrediting of Wakefield and his findings.

Callous Disregard, adeptly narrated by Gildart Jackson, is Wakefield’s attempt to uphold his original findings and clear his name. More than a discussion of vaccination and autism, Callous Disregard, is a look into the process of scientific discovery and the special interests that can get in the way.

Summary

Andrew Wakefield reveals the inside story of the vaccine-autism connection, and his controversial research.

As Andrew Wakefield states in his prologue, “If autism does not affect your family now, it will. If something does not change - and change soon - this is almost a mathematical certainty. This book affects you also. It is not a parochial look at a trivial medical spat in the United Kingdom, but dispatches from the battlefront in a major confrontation - a struggle against compromise in medicine, corruption of science, and a real and present threat to children in the interests of policy and profit. It is a story of how ‘the system’ deals with dissent among its doctors and scientists.”

In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country of birth, his career, and his medical license. A recent General Medical Council ruling stated that he was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain of children.” Maligned by the medical establishment and mainstream media, Wakefield endeavors to set the record straight in Callous Disregard. While explaining what really happened, he calls out the organizations and individuals that are acting not for the sake of children affected by autism, but in their own self-interests.

©2010 Andrew J. Wakefield (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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This idea has never been replicated

This idea has never been replicated, why? Because there is no link

Vaccines do not cause autism

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Information everyone should know....

Information everyone should know but no medical or governmental organization would want out there!

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Amazing book.

Anyone who argues with you about vaccines should read this book.
Fantastic read, I can not thank doctor Wakefield enough for standing up for what's right.

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Wakefield exonerated

This book is a detailed account of Wakefield's battle with the medical establishment. Have only got halfway through so far but character of book is clear. Its a good book & I dare say Wakefield is in the right but there seems to be only limited discussion of the key underlying subject, ie the link between vaccines & autism. Its more about who said what, why & when. So you need to be very interested in this admittedly important case to persevere. And if that is what you want the book is excellent. Clear & well written. Also well read in a pleasant voice.

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Excellent to hear the another side of the story.

Informative and logical, a must for anyone wishing to make an informed choice on the truth for the possibility in vaccination.

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  • Colette Harmer
  • 21-08-19

Difficult read, but necessary truth information

This book wasn't easy to keep interested in because of the technical and detailed, but necessary information about what really happened when Dr. Wakefield examined the association of intestinal disease and autism. He never said that the MMR vaccine caused autism, he only recorded parents' claims that they believed it triggered the on set of the disease. The findings of Dr. Wakefield that gut issues and autism coexist are a well documented fact today. He should be given credit for this important finding. The gut brain connection is real and we have this well respected gastroenterologist to thank.

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  • Eidelhop Flausendorf
  • 18-06-19

Setting the Record Straight

Anyone who has delved at all into the subject of vaccines has probably heard the name "Andrew Wakefield". The vaccine faithful generally have a pre-recorded message about how he and his clinical team did this or that and were charged with such and such. In "Callous Disregard", the fraud, lies, false testimony of this case is all brought to light; not on the part of Wakefield and his team but on the part of those who brought complaints and those who testified about supposed conflicts of interest or unapproved research. Every charge is addressed and every false claim is dealt with in detail so there's no question regarding the actual events surrounding this case. Anyone interested in truth should definitely make this book a part of their knowledge base.

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  • Vickie Bonawitz
  • 25-07-18

A must read for all parents.

As a parent with a child fully vaccinated, I have learned after the fact the danagers of vaccines, This book documents the politics behind protecting vaccine programs at the expensive of our children's health. It is a must read for all parents

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  • 02-09-18

Very good read. I highly recommend it!

It is refreshing to hear details from the man accused of so much.
In this day when everyone has an opinion, listen to both sides of the story. Forming opinions based on hearsay and no research is not acceptable. Listen to his side, then research it for yourself.

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  • Olga
  • 30-08-20

Important explanation of the facts behind the MMR related witch-hunt

Dr Wakefield has grounds for his professional opinion when he suggests single dose vaccines instead of polyvalent (multiple microorganisms in the same shot).

I am happy to see this book available for the wide public! It sets the record straight and answers the accusations blow by blow in a rational way.

So that parents and pediatricians can judge for themselves the virtues and risks of multiple vs single vaccines.

I support and admire the courageous scientists and doctors who sacrifice their established careers and financial interests of their own families to help and give voices to so many families which suffer from the corruption in the medical and scientific establishments.

Their struggles are highlighted in the whistleblower part of the book.

Why is it so hard for honest, ethical people to do their job?! They have my full support!

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  • L. Hastings
  • 07-05-21

Andrew Wakefield was wrongfully dismissed.

A clearer picture is gleaned upon reading this book about a very controversial case and presents an even clearer point of view often absent from the media from the perspective of Andrew Wakefield.

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  • Francis Martinez
  • 27-01-21

Eye opening

An eye opening account of Dr. Wakefields experience the link with autism that his investigated. Really makes you question the strong possibility of trying to burry his research for the purpose of continuing to push out the MMR.

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  • Smart Consumer Stacey
  • 01-12-18

Andrew Wakefield is a hero.

Anyone who has ever heard of Wakefield or the ‘Lancet 12’ MUST read this book. This book goes into great detail about the study and the trial by the GMC.

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  • Alisha
  • 13-07-15

Eye opening account re: Mmr / autism report

I enjoyed listening to Wakefields account of this issue. Addressing each false accusation got a little old but I understand why he addressed each one. Worth the read!

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  • Hunter Denton
  • 03-04-19

Excellent!

If you are curious of what actually happened to Andrew Wakefield, this is the book for you. It provides great insight into the corruption of certain aspects in medicine.