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The Doctor Who Fooled the World

Science, Deception, and the War on Vaccines

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.

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. briandeer.com @deerbrian

Reviews

"Riveting . . . Readers who love a good debunking will find Deer's narrative logical, exciting, and enraging."—Publishers Weekly

"Seldom has any new book been more timely than The Doctor Who Fooled the World At times the book reads more like a thriller than a journalistic investigation"—The Sunday Times

"At a time when the World Health Organization lists 'vaccine hesitancy' as one of the top ten threats to global health, this stunning work sounds an urgent message and demonstrates the essential role of investigative journalism in uncovering the truth."—Foreword Reviews

"Written with the meticulousness of a journalist determined to find out the truth and the pulse-pounding pacing of a thriller, The Doctor Who Fooled the World is a profoundly important book."—Steve Silberman, author of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity

"Deer's book is a compelling reminder of what great investigative journalism looks like."—Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Director, Annenberg Public Policy Center, author of Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President

"A magnificent book. Too few people know how greed and deceit conspired to create the myth that vaccines cause autism. Only Brian Deer can tell that whole story, because he uncovered all of its chilling twists and turns."—Ivan Oransky, MD, President, Association of Health Care Journalists / Cofounder, Retraction Watch

"As a pediatrician, I've witnessed with fury the impact that Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent science has had on the health of children. This brilliantly written book is a must read."—Su Laurent, MD, author of Your Baby Month By Month: What to Expect from Birth to 2 Years

"An extraordinary story of medical fraud and scaremongering, told by the courageous and tenacious journalist who revealed the truth."—Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Enigma: The Epic Quest to Solve the World's Greatest Mathematical Problem

"Riveting from start to finish. Thankfully, reporters like Brian Deer exist. He is not afraid to look into the eyes of the Grim Reaper and to fight back on behalf of all of us for whom scientific rigour is so important, but also perhaps more importantly, for the families whose lives have so often been devastated by misinformation and bad science."—Ava Easton, Chief Executive, Encephalitis Society

"Exposing researchers who lie, cheat and fake their data often requires the work of courageous whistleblowers or tenacious investigative journalists. Enter Brian Deer, an award-winning reporter for the Sunday Times of London"—The Wall Street Journal

"Although many people think they know this now-infamous story, it is likely they are unaware of all its dramatic details. Curious lay readers and vaccine experts alike are sure to learn something worthwhile from Deer's well-chronicled account."—Paul A. Offit, Science

"Mind-boggling . . . Every chapter drops your jaw."—BigThink

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