A Damaging Delusion
By (author) Michael Fitzpatrick
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Defeating Autism by Michael Fitzpatrick
Book DescriptionAutism: disease, disorder or difference? What causes autism - genes or environment? Can biomedical treatments cure autism, and are they safe? 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. In Defeating Autism, Michael Fitzpatrick, a family doctor and father of a son with autism, questions the scientific basis of environmental explanations of autism and exposes the incoherence of unorthodox 'biomedical' theories and therapies. This book reveals that these therapies are far from pioneering interventions and they remain unsubstantiated by scientific authorities. Campaigns promising to 'defeat or cure autism now' have attracted much support among parents struggling with their difficult children. But the crusade against autism risks dehumanising and stigmatising those who are identified as autistic and their families. This compelling book is essential reading for students and professionals working in the field of autism, as well as academics concerned with the public understanding of science and the treatment of scientific and medical controversies in the media.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415449816
(234mm x 156mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Fitzpatrick
CURRENT Essentials Orthopedics, Paperback (January 2008)
Helps readers learn about the design, implementation, and supervision of therapeutic exercise programs for orthopedic injuries and disorders. This book covers the treatment of physiologic impairments during rehabilitation; rehabilitation tools; intervention strategies; and special considerations for specific patient populations.
MMR and Autism, Paperback (June 2004)
The MMR controversy has been characterized by two one-sided discourses. In the medical world, the weight of opinion is overwhelmingly in favour of MMR. In the public world, the anti-MMR campaign has a much greater influence. This text examines the situation.
Tyranny of Health, Paperback (October 2000)» View all books by Michael Fitzpatrick
This book exposes the dangers of the explosion of health awareness for both patients and doctors. The author argues that we need to establish a clear boundary between the worlds of medicine and politics.
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Author Biography - Michael Fitzpatrick
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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