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Relation of childhood gastrointestinal disorders to autism: nested case-control study using data from the UK General Practice Research Database

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:419

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Re: No Competing Interest ????

Saadedine Tebbal

I do not believe most doctors would claim to be experts in living
with a child with autism (although there are well-known examples of
doctors whose children suffer autism). I also believe that reading a
number of papers on autism does not make one an expert on autism.

As with other posters who made primarily negative comments, I fail to
see where this gets us. The medical profession has not conspired against
you. When doctors were sceptical about secretin, there was no hidden
agenda. Parents accused medics of being obstructive but that chapter was
conveniently forgotten abput when secretin was proved useless.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 November 2004
Dr John Rumbold
West Midlands