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Johns Hopkins University Press

The Doctor Who Fooled the World: Science, Deception, and the War on Vaccines

The Doctor Who Fooled the World: Science, Deception, and the War on Vaccines

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Investigative reporter Brian Deer exposes a conspiracy of fraud and betrayal behind attacks on a mainstay of medicine: vaccinations.

2021 IPPY Book Award Winner (Gold) in Health/Medicine/Nutrition, Recipient of the Eric Hoffer Award for Nonfiction in the Culture Category

From San Francisco to Shanghai, from Vancouver to Venice, controversy over vaccines is erupting around the globe. Fear is spreading. Banished diseases have returned. And a militant anti-vax movement has surfaced to campaign against children's shots.
But why?

In The Doctor Who Fooled the World, award-winning investigative reporter Brian Deer exposes the truth behind the crisis. Writing with the page-turning tension of a detective story, he unmasks the players and unearths the facts. Where it began. Who was responsible. How they pulled it off. Who paid.

At the heart of this dark narrative is the rise of the so-called father of the anti-vaccine movement: a British-born doctor, Andrew Wakefield. Banned from medicine, thanks to Deer's discoveries, he fled to the United States to pursue his ambitions, and now claims to be winning a war.

In an epic investigation spread across fifteen years, Deer battles medical secrecy and insider cover-ups, smear campaigns and gagging lawsuits, to uncover rigged research and moneymaking schemes, the heartbreaking plight of families struggling with disability, and the scientific scandal of our time.

Author: Brian Deer
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Published: 09/29/2020
Pages: 408
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.50lbs
Size: 9.10h x 5.90w x 1.30d
ISBN: 9781421438009
Age Range: 18-UP

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 03/23/2020
Foreword 04/26/2020

About the Author

Brian Deer is a multi-award-winning investigative reporter, best known for inquiries into the drug industry, medicine, and social issues for the Sunday Times of London. @deerbrian

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