A physician wades into the swamp of vaccine denial

I occasionally dip my toe into the constant Internet flame wars over the generous term “vaccine skepticism,” and the less generous “vaccine denial.” If you’re looking to see one of these quickly, Twitter always has some ongoing vaccine fireworks. The character limit of Twitter tends to compress the exchanges into hurled invectives, only occasionally punctuated by futile pleas for calm. Many quickly devolve into exchanges between posters of what they believe to be crushing evidence in the form of an image or two. A huge variety of message boards and blog comment streams can be just as vitriolic, and the posters are not confined to 140 characters. It’s a swamp, ...

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