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Dialogues Clin Neurosci. 2017 Dec;19(4):403-407.

Vaccination as a cause of autism-myths and controversies.

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University of Nicosia Medical School, Engomi, Cyprus.

Abstract

in English, French, Spanish

Despite significant progress in the study of the epidemiology and genetics of autism, the etiology and patho-physiology of this condition is far from being elucidated and no curative treatment currently exists. Although solid scientific research continues, in an attempt to find explanations and solutions, a number of nonscientific and pure myths about autism have emerged. Myths that vaccines or mercury are associated with autism have been amplified by misguided scientists; frustrated, but effective parent groups; and politicians. Preventing the protection provided by vaccination or administration of mercury-chelating agents may cause real damage to autistic individuals and to innocent bystanders who as a result may be exposed to resurgent diseases that had already been "extinguished. " That such myths flourish is a consequence of the authority of scientific evidence obtained by scientific methodology losing ground to alternative truths and alternative science. This article presents a narrative of the origin of the myths around autism.

KEYWORDS:

autism; mercury; myth; science; vaccine

PMID:
29398935
PMCID:
PMC5789217
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