Describe the purpose and design of the Verstraeten et al study Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines: A Two-Phased Study of Computerized Health Maintenance Organization briefly.  Describe how well the article meets the criteria for causality (see presentation and “Hill’s criteria):

  • Strength
  • Consistency
  • Specificity
  • Temporality
  • Biological Gradient
  • Plausibility
  • Coherence

Based on your critique, do you agree with the author’s conclusions? Does exposure to thimersol via vaccines cause adverse neurological outcomes?

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