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MMR: Science and Fiction. Exploring the Vaccine Crisis; MMR and Autism: What Parents Need to Know

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1049

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Re: Re: Re: Re: trolling or obfuscation

The definition of Trolling offered above is incorrect.

An accurate definition is easily found with the most minimal

Heptonstall says: - "
"Dr Donegan's report was based on no independent research, and most of the
published papers cited by her in support of her views turned out to either
support the contrary position or at least to give no support to her

It does not state "supports the opposite conclusion" - it speaks of
position, not conclusions, which is a situation or circumstance one
arrives at after assessing all facts available (if necessary despite any
conclusions an author may reach)."

For most of us, in a situation where someting is one or the other
thing, contrary is the same as opposite.
Heptonstall is either trolling here, or genuinely has an inability to
understand something quite simple.

Either way, he will be fed no longer by me.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

20 November 2004
Adrian K Midgley
Exeter EX1 2QS