"The Pathological Optimist" is a documentary about Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the man behind the most controversial, intensely debated
topic in modern medicine.
With The Pathological Optimist, director Miranda Bailey brings us a character study of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of 13 co-authors of a notorious 1998 paper in the UK medical Journal, The Lancet. An expat
from Britain who currently resides in Austin, Texas, Wakefield allowed Bailey and her team to follow him and his family for five years, beginning in 2011.
Over the course of the film, Wakefield fought a defamation battle in the courts against the British Medical Journal and journalist Brian Deer. The results of that case - and the self-reflection, pronouncements, and observations of Wakefield, his legal team, wife, and his children - create a complex and incisive look at the so-called, "father of the "anti-vaccine movement."
"The Pathological Optimist" was produced while Vermont parents were standing against the powerful medical industry in order to preserve their long-recognized right to refuse mandatory vaccines.
Curiously, the film takes no sides.
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