• The Doctor Who Fooled the World

  • Science, Deception, and the War on Vaccines
  • By: Brian Deer
  • Narrated by: Dennis Kleinman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The true story of Andrew Wakefield - the man behind the false link between the MMR vaccine and autism - and the conspiracy that fueled a global epidemic, from the prize-winning journalist who broke the story.

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 pause-resisting 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 15 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.

©2020 Brian Deer (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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Incredible account of a terrible human being.

Anyone claiming this journalist is telling a "political" story is absolutely wrong. He carefully and meticulously lays out the facts to demonstrate an objective truth. Wakefield is a fraud.

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Hbomberguy sent me!

Brian Deer is a hero. Thank you for exposing Wakefield for the fraudster he is.

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hbomberguy sent me!!!!

this is an important piece of literature I think more people need to read (or listen to in my case) due to how badly it exposes Andrew Wakefield for being a total quack and the amount of damage he has caused to so many lives. the narration is a bit dry but it gets the job done and overall I feel very satisfied with the experience.

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insane story, couldn't put it down!

I knew the claim that vaccines cause autism was false but how elaborate and deep the reason behind it was I never knew. This was jaw dropping and made my blood boil. Such a detailed and fantastic read! It makes me want to preach to everyone I know what is really behind the fallacy.

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Simply Enlightening

An unflinching look at the doctor that started it all, the reason why being vaccinated is now a political statement. A deep dive on every aspect of the thing, some angles that hadn't occured to me before listening to this book, and a shocking look on how the most at risk people are weoponised, without ever recieving the support and care that would have actually made their lives better.

Autistic people were made scapegoats for some guys huge ego, and that isn't right, not one bit.

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Fascinating

When you hear the time-line of Wakefield's fabrications, it's pretty obvious all along what was going on. But to get that time-line we needed a Brian Deer to spend his life assembling and ordering and reviewing the information. He makes it very clear.

Well-written and compelling. The topic is not beautiful literature so all we can hope for is clarity.

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The truth about vaccines

Brian Deer charts the career trajectory of disgraced former doctor Andrew Wakefield and his "crusade of truth" against MMR. We discover the origin of the Lancet pilot study that ignited the cultural phenomenon of antivax.

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superb investigative journalism on display

rivals Robert Caro's The Power Broker as the epitome of quality in investigative journalism

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Investigative Journalism at its Best!

Good narrative with lots of technical details for evidence. Brian Deer leaves no stone unturned in his quest to reveal the conflict of interest that Doctor Wakefield kept hidden in his clinical studies about a possible connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. This is well written and documented. Don't understand the previous negative reviews of this book. The Audible version was excellent. l finished it in four days.

The author risked a lot to write and publish this book. He also points out the power and dangers of social media, where fake news abounds and unproven conspiracy theories are recycled and float around for years. Readers beware.

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Somewhat repititious

I was highly interested in the subject if this book, but I found it a bit long-winded.

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