It has long been speculated that an increase in the cases of autism in children is a direct result of mercury in childhood vaccinations. Supposedly, studies have proven this is not true, but thousands of claims have been made by parents of children with autism, and now, the question is being dealt with in federal courts. If you go to our shelves, under the number 616.8588, you will find many books dealing with autism. The increase in demands on our collection on the subject would appear to back up the claims of increasing cases of autism!
To learn about this condition, try The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing by Karen Siff Exkorn [616.8588 EXK].
To read about the link between vaccination and autism, try Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy by David Kirby [614.47 KIR].
MSNBC has a considerable collection of on-line articles on Autism: The Hidden Epidemic? that includes a video. Additional information can be found on the Cure Autism Now Foundation site.