DPT – A Shot In The Dark
By Harris Livermore Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher
In 1985, the publication of the landmark book DPT: A Shot in the Dark by Harris Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher provoked a debate about the DPT causing neurological damage including autism. The book detailed more than 100 cases of DPT vaccine-induced brain inflammation and immune system dysfunction, among them children who had developed regressive autism after suffering a brain inflammation and encephalopathy following DPT vaccination.
Fearing a flood of compensation claims, vaccine manufacturers pressured Congress to pass the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. The government’s creation of the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) in 1988 effectively shifted liability for vaccine injury compensation from vaccine manufacturers to US tax-payers.
The first awards for vaccine injury and death were given to children who had suffered a brain inflammation/encephalopathy after DPT vaccination and died, or were left with a variety of brain and immune system problems such as medication-resistant seizures, mental retardation, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD and other developmental delays.
Since then, federal compensation has been awarded to children who developed brain inflammation/encephalopathy after DPT or DTaP vaccination and whose permanent disabilities include autistic behaviors.
This book is now a classic and still as relevant, or even more relevant than when it was first published as the toxic assault on children not only continues unabated but has in fact escalated along with the number of vaccines “recommended” for children and a corresponding increase in autism cases.
A Customer Review:
All parents should read this before immunizing their child!
I acquired several copies of this book after seeing a segment of ABC’s “20/20” in the mid 80’s. I have a beautiful daughter who was born in 1975 who is today profoundly mentally disabled and has intractable seizures. I am saddened that, still today, untold numbers of children are still having their lives taken from them due to this poison. This book is an excellent source for those seeking information, and a source of comfort for those of us in this situation. It was the first time I realized that I am not alone…
A mother – October 13, 1998
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