Autism's False Prophets selling well

26 Sep

Autism’s False Prophets” has caused quite a stir in the autism-vaccine advocacy community. They started early and they worked somewhat hard to defuse the book’s impact. Consider an earlier post on the Age of Autism blog. This was titled “Phalse Profits: Offit’s Book Peaks At 8,173“.

The 8,173 was the rank of the book in The blogger apparently had been watching day by day and noted the book’s rank. After the initial peak, the blogger reported back.

The blogger was trying to make a point that Dr. Offit’s book isn’t being purchased in high numbers. I never expected it too. As I write this, it has risen to #779. It was at 715 yesterday, but I haven’t been watching that closely to see if that was the “peak”. Not too shabby. It is also number 1 in a few categories, including:

Books > Science > Medicine > Administration > Policy > Health Care Delivery
Books > Science > Medicine > Administration > Policy > Public Health
Books > Professional > Technical > Professional Science > Biological Sciences > Biology > Microbiology

I don’t expect Age of Autism to write a correction. Then again, I didn’t expect longtime vaccine-autism activist Rick Rollens to admit that MMR doesn’t cause autism, so who knows?

In my mind I find an interesting analogy to Mark and David Geier declaring that the CDDS autism count showed “early downward trends”, indicating that, yes, thimerosal caused autism.

They seemed to stop watching and didn’t report back when it turned out that the “early” trend was, in fact, false.

They left that up to Schechter and Grether

But, I digress. Autism’s False Prophets is not the kind of book to become a best seller. Too bad, really, as it is quite well done. But, that is not to say that the book isn’t doing quite well.

Good for whatever autism research group gets the proceeds. Yep, Dr. Offit is donating the proceeds to autism research.

8 Responses to “Autism's False Prophets selling well”

  1. Ms. Clark September 26, 2008 at 03:39 #

    It’s at #996 on right now.

  2. dkmnow September 26, 2008 at 07:36 #

    But Offit can’t possibly be credible because he never modeled for Playboy and he’s not a Mom Just Like Meee™.

  3. Ms. Clark September 26, 2008 at 07:59 #

    I wonder if there’s a centerfold in “Mother Warriors”? :-/

  4. alyric September 26, 2008 at 17:33 #

    I bought a copy and that’s not at all usual. Very interesting it is too and after I’m done with it, I plan to donate it to the Ottawa Public Library Service. They could do with a copy.

    Also looking forward to the discussion on the Science blogs Book thingy. If I have one complaint to make it is that Offit uncritically accepts what I call the ‘composite autistic nightmare’ – a so called real person who has all the nightmare traits of autism packaged in one person. What most people fail to realise is that you can do the same thing with ‘normal’ folks just by taking the worst characteristics of 10 or 20 people you know well,ascribing the lot of them to one person (and active all the time – like self injury). It’s a great way to end up with a nightmare of a person.

  5. Kev September 26, 2008 at 19:06 #

    I intend to donate a copy to my local GP’s surgery and ask them to leave it out in the waiting room.

  6. Debbie Fornefeld September 27, 2008 at 09:40 #

    This is the best book I’ve read in at least 15 years. I could not put it down, and finished it in less than 24 hours, which I’ve never done before. It is a historical narrative of evidence that leads one to conclude that the great conspiracy does not exist. How do we know for certain; epidemialogical evidence. For those who look to science for answers, this is your book. The only thing I would have asked the author to change is the last paragragh. I wish Offit had asked the reader to write their congressman and ask them to get out of the way of science.

  7. Azra September 29, 2008 at 19:32 #

    I ordered this from and was a bit annoyed about the reviews.
    I’m not sure that they have even read the book because they they just mention the tired old canards that Paul Offit is a vaccine scientist and so it is in his interests to shift the blame from vaccines for the ‘autism’ epidemic.
    Also that autism rates are higher in vaccinated populations blah blah blah.
    I want to write a review to address this but feel that it would be dishonest until I’ve read the book.
    If you have read the book please consider writing an honest review in, Kev’s review seems a bit lonely.
    The science blogs book club will also be covering it soon.


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