Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Increase in autism is due to changes in diagnosis, study claims

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 12 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:364

Rapid Response:

Re: Autism any increase is likely due to harvesting of babies

With reference to Ms. Young,
I presume her statement 'No conflict of interest' is intended as ironic.
If not then this apparent lack of insight may explain the text that
precedes it. Sadly it would seem that the BMJ forum is increasingly being
hijacked by individuals with axes to grind regarding whatever organisation
they have set themselves up as spokesperson for. I presume the original
intention of Rapid Responses was to allow reasoned scientific debate, not
simply to cut-and-paste your pre-determined responses that have little to
do with the paper in question.

In short, Ms. Young, where is your evidence linking cord clamping
with autism?

Competing interests:
A belief (however misplaced) in the scientific process

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 February 2004
Alex J Psirides
Registrar, Intensive Care Medicine
Wellington, New Zealand