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Black in the Age of Autism: A Tale of Two Boys

A beautiful African American baby came for a 15 month well checkup in 1998. His growth and development were normal. The mother had a smile on her face and joy in her heart. Per the current CDC recommendations, the doctor ordered an MMR vaccine, along with the caveat that the baby may have a fever, rash or irritability about 7-12 days later. However, what happened was unexpected and frightening. He developed yellow mushy diarrhea and lost his emerging language. He changed from being a happy baby to being irritable and hard to settle. The doctor wondered what could possibly be going on.  That doctor was me.

 

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