This entry covers the Wakefield, et. al reading from Science and Society, pages 183-197.
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- Describe Wakefield’s experiment. Be sure to include a brief discussion of the conclusions or findings. Does the experiment, as described in the article, support the conclusions in the Discussion section? Explain.
- Describe an ileocolonoscopy and a lumbar puncture. (Google these if necessary.) What are some side effects of these procedures? Why might these procedures be done on children? These procedures did not serve a diagnostic function in Wakefield’s study. In your opinion, was it ethical to do these procedures for this study? Explain.
- Which “history” of the child’s symptoms dominates in the article: parental recollection or documented occurrence? Which should dominate in an article of this kind? Why?
- Look carefully at the citations in this paper. How many times do the researchers cite themselves? What is the average length of the documents cited? (Standard peer-reviewed articles are a minimum 5-10 single spaced pages, often longer.) How does checking the citations affect your perception of this study?
- What specific question(s) drive Wakefield, et al.’s study? Where specifically in the text can you find them?
- What is your overall reaction to this article? You can talk about the science, the writing, both, etc.
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