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Medical response to Trump requires truth seeking and respect for patients

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j661 (Published 07 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j661

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Re: Medical response to Trump requires truth seeking and respect for patients

At last the BMJ has published a plea for a thoughtful "truth seeking" attitude towards patients or parents in the matter of vaccination. Or, if I may be permitted to use the term "immunisation ".

Having been involved in " imm and vac" in most of my working life and having championed the procedures, I became disenchanted when I found that doctors did not always take notice when a parent questioned the POSSIBILITY of a cause-effect relationship between an unexpected climical episode in close temporal relation with prior immunisation.

A look at the rapid responses over the years will show that our (British) public health consultants have almost never countered those who questioned the policies.

The new President may not be everyone's cup of tea. But should he set up a commission under a lawyer or a judge to explore the POSSIBILE adverse reactions of the immunisation products, we ought to welcome it.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 February 2017
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough