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CHOP and Lancet augment the Myth of “Must be better diagnosis” - by Teresa Binstock (LW6)

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A recently published abstract from researchers at

the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)

states that the increased rate of autism-spectrum disorders

“might be attributable to factors such as new administrative

classifications, policy and practice changes, and increased

awareness”.1 However, that the researchers selected and

presented that concept and rhetoric while failing to state

the other main option – environmental factors contributing

substantially to the increase – is a form of bias by choice of

rhetoric, especially when presented in an abstract that will be

read far more widely than will the full text of the article.

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First printed in Living Wisdom #6