Editor’s Note: PLOSBLOGS invited independent science journalist Beth Skwarecki to assess and contextualize the controversy which errupted in the US surrounding last month’s release of Vaxxed, a documentary film made by and about anti-vaccine proponent and discredited doctor Andrew Wakefield.
Please welcome a guest post from Sriram Ramgopal, a resident physician in the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is interested in pediatric advocacy and is pursuing a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Politically
I have a little metaphor I use with my kid. When he asks why we get shots at the doctor, I remind him of all the super powers he has. One day he got super
Antibiotics. Vaccines. Good sanitation. Get rid of the germs, and we prevent infection and illness, right? That’s been a guiding principle of medicine and public health for 150+ years (Just ask Semmelweis or Pasteur). But