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Barb loe fisher By Barbara Loe Fisher

Sometimes, when you least expect it, you get news that makes you stop and think about someone you care about, who taught you something important. Recently I learned of the death of my co-author of the ground breaking book he and I wrote together and published in 1985: DPT: A Shot in the Dark.

Harris was only 77 years old when he died on October 28, 2009. He had struggled for 12 years with the debilitating effects of a brain hemorrhage he suffered at age 65 while he was in Paris. It was a paralyzing stroke that would end his remarkable career.

When I last spoke with Harris two months before his death, I had called him to check out a rumor that he had passed away. With characteristic wit and clarity, he laughed and quoted Mark Twain, saying "The rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated."

Although the stroke had left him paralyzed, it did not rob him of his personality or ability to recall details from the past. And every single time we had spoken in the decade following his stroke, Harris wanted to talk about the journey of discovery we took together when we wrote what would become the first major, well documented book examining the scientific and clinical evidence that vaccination can and does cause brain inflammation, permanent brain damage and death for some. Among his many accomplishments, Harris considered our collaboration on that book - which was published exactly a quarter century ago - to be his greatest one.

I remember the first time I spoke with Harris. It was the fall of 1982. I had been researching the side effects of DPT vaccine and interviewing parents of vaccine injured children for eight months following the broadcast of the emmy award winning television documentary DPT: Vaccine Roulette earlier that year.... click here HERE to read the entire commentary and watch a video.




Barbara -

Thank you so much - that was a beautiful tribute.

I love it - his quote: "They know we're right, that's why they are attacking us."


Dear Barbara--

I feel particularly sad that I never met Harris Coulter. I wonder how many lives he and you both saved together. I also feel a sense of loss that this visionary won't be around to see the eventual turnaround of the present-- whatever you call it-- mess, injustice, horror. Maybe there's another way he'll be keeping the rest of us company in witnessing it-- especially if we continue to celebrate his life and what he left us. I love the story of him calling from the back of that auditorium. It sounds like he had a certain kind of beautiful nerve and sense of humor that's so inspiring and crucial to any important cause.

Thank you for being the one to break the news. I would have been even sadder to hear it any other way.

mary podlesak

Harris Coulter seemed to disappear from the radar. I couldn't find him and now I know why. His book "Vaccination, social Violence and Criminiality" is probabably the most prophetic analytical book in medical history. God rest his soul.


Well done clip Barbara, you have both been on the cutting edge of some of the finest medical fraud in history, that continues to this day by a factor of about 100.

"If everyone one likes you, you are probably not doing anything important." says it very well.

We all like you....


Barbara, what a nice remembrance in words for your dear friend and early soldier in the fight for safe vaccines for our children. Thank you for sharing


I loved his book Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality. I'm sorry to hear of his death. His writing was fearless.


I received the "Shot in the Dark" from the National Vaccine Information Center just a few weeks back.

I already own a copy, but my neighbor that is expecting a grandchild any day now came in for a quick visit and it was laying on the counter top.

So I gave it to her. Maybe it will save a potential life.

I am sorry about Harris and his long illness. A brain injury is a hard thing.

Maurine Meleck

I love the statement, "If everybody likes you then you probably aren't doing anything
important." Advice the active autism community needs to hang on to.

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