It is a sad day indeed when newspapers publish diatribes against
I have seen firsthand the devastating consequences of preventable diseases like
There were so many inaccuracies in Robert Lyne Potter's letter that I cannot possibly address them all, but I feel it necessary to correct a few. First and foremost, the British physician who published the original — and only — medical article supporting a link between the
He subsequently lost his medical license and was disciplined for propagating this untruth. Also for the record, mercury has been eliminated as a preservative in vaccines for several years now. Finally, Latinos have the highest rate of vaccination and yet the lowest incidence of autism — something that definitely needs further study.
It is no wonder that physicians are retiring early, changing professions or working less as we command no respect anymore. Despite spending years of my youth in school preparing for a profession I love, my opinion is less valued than that of actresses, the Internet, and "the great Leonard Horowitz," whoever he might be. It is absolutely irresponsible for a newspaper of your caliber to publish such a letter in its entirety. Please give my educated opinion equal space.