Autism research: What makes an expert?

BMJ. 2007 Mar 31;334(7595):666-7. doi: 10.1136/bmj.39146.498785.BE.


Autism activists are behind a journal's decision to retract a paper claiming a preservative once routinely used in vaccines is responsible for the condition. Brian Deer examines the facts

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder / chemically induced*
  • Expert Testimony*
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Preservatives, Pharmaceutical / adverse effects*
  • Retraction of Publication as Topic*


  • Preservatives, Pharmaceutical