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In Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism, Dr. Hotez draws on his experiences as a pediatrician, vaccine scientist, and father of an autistic child. Outlining the arguments on both sides of the debate, he examines the science that refutes the concerns of the anti-vaccine movement, debunks current conspiracy theories alleging a cover-up by the CDC, and critiques the scientific community's failure to effectively communicate the facts about vaccines and autism to the general public, all while sharing his very personal story of raising a now-adult daughter with autism.audiobook vector imageebook vector image

Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad | Peter J Hotez MD PhD | Johns Hopkins University Press | 2018 | 240 pages | ISBN: 978-1421426600


Photo of Dr. Peter Hotez posing with his daughter, Rachel (Credit: Copyright 2017 Brian Goldman/Goldman Pictures)

Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, is the founding dean of The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, as well as director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of National Academies as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A pediatrician and an expert in vaccinology and tropical disease, Hotez has authored hundreds of peer-reviewed articles and editorials as well dozens of textbook chapters.

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Reading iconA Vaccine Doctor Who's an Autism Dad. By Maggie Galehouse. TMC News. November 2, 2018.

Icon for listenVaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism by Elsa Partan & Heather Goldstone. NPR: Living Lab Radio on WCAI. November 19, 2018.