“Calling Dr Trump”BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6655 (Published 09 December 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6655
- Joanne Silberner, features editor
- The BMJ
Doctors have seen lots of encroachments on their areas of expertise—TV doctors, fictional characters, the patient with a stack of printouts from Dr Internet. But perhaps the oddest wannabe is someone with no relevant credentials at all: US president Donald Trump. Here’s a sample of his thoughts on various health matters.
He’s swung from being an antivaxer to promoting vaccination.
In March 2014 he tweeted: “Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes—AUTISM. Many such cases!”1
Six months later he tweeted a revised position, but one that still went against recommendations. “I’m not against vaccinations for your children, I’m against them in 1 massive dose. Spread them out over a period of …