Eli Stone, a brand new television show on ABC debuted this evening. My husband and I were surprised that autism was a central focus on tonight's show. The new series is about a lawyer, Eli Stone, who is diagnosed with an aneurysm in his brain. Apparently the aneurysm causes him to have hallucinations. But is it the aneurysm causing hallucinations? Or has God chosen the main character to be a prophet? That's the larger arc that will most likely be carried on throughout the series.
The question is: what is motivating Eli Stone to take on certain cases? Tonight the featured story was about a woman (who Stone happened to have lost his virginity to years before the present) who has a son with autism. The woman is convinced that her son became autistic after getting injected with the flu vaccine. Sound familiar? Yep, she believed that a preservative similar to what we know as thimerosal caused the autism in her son.
What's interesting here is that the boy is the one who convinced Stone to take the case. He spelled out a phrase which was related to George Michael who was featured during Stone's first hallucination which had the singer performing the key song. That clinched it for Stone. He took on the case and won without presenting a whole lot of evidence. The mom was awarded a couple of million dollars and the company agreed to remove the substance in question.
It's very possible the mom and son will be back because the mom was established as Stone's former flame. Will the flame be lit again? Who knows? But it's very possible that autism and the issues surrounding this disorder will reappear on this series.
This has the potential to be a very controversial show in the autism community. Stay tuned...
P.S. Yep, the controversary has begun. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is furious and maybe rightly so.
One news article titled "ABC series may perpetuate autism myths:
A medical group wants to pull the plug on Eli Stone, saying the show's storyline feeds vaccine fears" discusses the wrath that Eli Stone has attracted from the AAP.
Further, other bloggers are unhappy with Eli Stones' treatment of autism in general. I say wait and see. Maybe things will get better on this show in regards to the treatment of autism.