Saint Stone of Kooks and the Removal of Gloves

2 Feb

The Eli Stone thing is very closely following the ‘fallout’ trajectory of the MMR/Wakefield program (Hear The Silence)over here a few years ago in that the protagonists were virtually canonised and the evil medicos painted as uncaring, duplicitous swine.

If the path of trajectory continues to be followed then Eli Stone’s canonisation should enjoy a brief, bright blaze followed by a long slow loss of interest from the general public and he will be relegated to one more point of disagreement that only matters to Age of Autism readers.

However, I do wonder if the Legal Editor at Age of Autism might be coming ever so slightly detached from reality:

Thanks to Eli Stone, our new patron saint of autism, we are no longer “Lost” to the mainstream media.

Well now I consulted my Reality Editor and they reminded me that Eli Stone is a fictional TV character. Maybe my Reality Editor needs to have a word with Age of Autism’s beloved Legal Editor. Then again, reality is not the strong suit of these guys.

Back in the real world:

Nancy J. Minshew is finally ready to take off the gloves.

After years of sitting back and hoping the science would speak for itself, the director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Excellence in Autism Research has decided it’s time for her to take a personal stand.

Autism is not caused by vaccinations, she says, and those who continue to push that theory are endangering the lives of children and misdirecting the nation’s scarce resources for autism research.

“The weight of the evidence is so great that I don’t think there is any room for dispute. I think the issue is done,” said Minshew, who runs one of nine top autism research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Good for her. Its about time the scientific establishment stopped leaving this up to one or two public figures like Paul Offit or Eric Fombonne and started addressing the issues in the real world.

4 Responses to “Saint Stone of Kooks and the Removal of Gloves”

  1. Sullivan February 2, 2008 at 10:50 #

    Dr. Minshew has “stones”.

  2. Kristina February 2, 2008 at 18:02 #

    This “patron saint” business shows why the AAP was rightly justified in worrying about how people would think about vaccines after seeing the show—–clearly there’s some deep confusion about what is “fact” and “fiction.”

  3. Brian February 2, 2008 at 20:28 #

    I’d think that the legal editor (they have such a thing?) at Age of Autism would be well-placed to comment on fiction.

    Presumably (s)he has been reading the scripts for the plaintiffs and their experts at the autism omnibus hearings.

  4. Ms. Clark February 3, 2008 at 04:02 #

    Their patron saint is a fictional hallucinating-personal-injury-lawyer with delusions of grandeur?

    They don’t need me to make fun of them do they? They’re doing quite all right without me. 🙂

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