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Measles: low uptake blamed on “incredulity and hostility” towards doctors

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1932 (Published 26 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1932

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Re: Measles: low uptake blamed on “incredulity and hostility” towards doctors

I agree wholeheartedly with Dr Anand [1]. While I presently do not recognise the "incredulity and hostility" towards the medical profession described by Jonathan Kennedy in the UK [2] if doctors become the enforcers of state or supra-national policy [3,4,5] this could quickly change both the nature of the profession and national politics for the worse.

Anand is also right to point out that no expert has yet entered the field to set me straight about the inadequacy of the WHO measles data which I brought up under an earlier report by Elisabeth Mahase [6]. What one hopes for in all things is tolerant discussion of evidence.

[1] JK Anand, 'Re: Measles: low uptake blamed on “incredulity and hostility” towards doctors', 26 April 2019, https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1932/rr.

[2] Elisabeth Mahase, 'Measles: low uptake blamed on “incredulity and hostility” towards doctors'
BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1932 (Published 26 April 2019)

[3] John Stone, 'Information and Misinformation: the Global Health Security Agenda', 5 March 2019, https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l981/rr

[4] John Stone, 'Re: MEPs devise strategy to tackle vaccine hesitancy among public -Echoes of WMD', 26 March 2018, https://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k1378/rr

[5] Executive Order 13747, 'Advancing the Global Health Security Agenda to Achieve a World Safe and Secure From Infectious Disease Threats', https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-09/pdf/2016-27171.pdf

[6] Responses to Elisabeth Mahase, 'Measles cases rise 300% globally in first few months of 2019', https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1810/rapid-responses

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 May 2019
John Stone
UK Editor
AgeofAutism.com
London N22