Baker & Taylor
Looks at the difficulty of parents desperate to help their autistic children, shown through the case of the Arizona 5, where two parents were accused of Mèunchausen syndrome by proxy and fabricating their children's illnesses.Norton Pub
As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders grows each year, new discoveries and controversies arise. Andrew Wakefield explores many of these in his thorough investigation of the recent trial case of the Arizona 5,” which destroyed an Arizona family. Two parents, with five children on the spectrum, were accused of Münchausen syndrome by proxya rare form of child abuseand were ganged up on by physicians, child protective services, and the courts, who alleged that the parents fabricated medical symptoms in all five children. However, Wakefield now presents ample evidence that was disregarded and which would have proven the parents’ innocence.
Families affected by autism suffer great hardship and prejudice, particularly as they navigate the uncertain waters of diagnosis, treatment, and education. The shocking story of the Arizona 5 family delves into the tremendous challenges some parents have to face, especially if their views on how to treat the syndrome don’t align with the medical world’s standards. Wakefield also includes numerous studies and research trials that support the controversial yet significant roles that vaccines and diet play in autism, factors many medical professionals wrongfully dismiss.
Andrew Wakefield reveals the inside story of desperate parents trying to help their autistic children, only to be labeled as abusers by social workers, medical professionals, and the courts.Book News
A 2010 legal case in Arizona temporarily resulted in five children being removed from their parents. The parents were accused of factitious disorder by proxy, essentially the fabrication of medical symptoms in order to get attention, sympathy, and financial support. Focused on both the science of gastroenterology, and its relation to autism, this volume proceeds through the case, analyzing the situations of the children and the accuracy of expert testimony. Wakefield, formerly a gastroenterologist at London's Royal Free Hospital, lost his position and medical license due to his investigation of the possible links between childhood vaccines, food allergies and autism. Not indexed. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)