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Fall of an antivaxxer

October 4, 2020

The Logical Place

The Doctor Who Fooled the World
Andrew Wakefield’s War on Vaccines
By Brian Deer
Scribe, A$35.00

(An edited version of these book reviews was published in The Skeptic magazine, September 2020, Vol 40 No 3)

The Doctor Who Fooled the World - Brian Deer

This is an important book. Whether it’s really about “the scientific deception of our time”, as the blurb on the back cover describes it, or the result of “the most extensive investigation by a reporter into an aspect of medicine ever undertaken”, as the author describes it, history will decide. But it has to be said that the subject of the book has caused immeasurable damage to the lives of many thousands, and possibly millions, of people.

Therefore we deemed it appropriate to run two reviews – the first by your editor, and the second by noted anti-anti-vaccination campaigner Peter Bowditch, who adds a personal perspective.

Brian Deer is an experienced journalist with a list of…

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