Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Views & Reviews Review of the Week

Trust me, I’m a scientist

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3658

Rapid Response:

Re: Please read before you write

Yes, it was a poor lapse on my part. However, I also regret the
unwillingness of the medical/scientific profession either to listen to
patients and their representatives, or to acknowledge that the evidence
for MMR safety is far from overwhelming. While professionals are prepared
to mock and dismisss parents over vaccination [1] they will neither hold
the moral high-ground or show faith in genuine scientific enquiry.

In short, they would be a whole lot more credible if they stopped
trying to bully people into silence.

[1] John Stone, '...and the Maudsley should be transparent too', BMJ
Rapid Response 22 December 2007,

Competing interests:
Autistic son

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 September 2009
John Stone
Contributing editor: Age of Autism
London N22