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Science  05 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5540, pp. 37
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5540.37

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The story of Victoria Beck is dramatic: a Lorenzo's Oil of autism. Beck's belief that the drug secretin radically improved her son's symptoms--and the media storm that resulted--raised the hopes of many parents and galvanized public and private research. But the weight of evidence so far suggests that secretin doesn't work for the core symptoms of autism, at least for most children.