Saturday, April 22, 2006
Blogosphere challenges controversial autism paper
Recently I cited a controversial paper on autism and thimerosal containing vaccines. Bloggers like Orac were quick to point out flaws in the paper. Now Joseph at Autism-Natural Variation is pressing for a retraction, citing misleading terminology. The authors of the paper apparently took notice and requested additional data from one of their sources, the California Department of Developmental Services. Joseph suggests this is an implicit admission of error but awaits a more substantive response by the authors and the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. He’s not letting go, and this face-off will test the scientific integrity of the Journal and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.