Wakefield's MMR Vaccine Study - Misconduct?

Submitted by Dean Giustini on July 17, 2007 - 00:56

[img_assist|nid=51|title=MMR vaccine|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=72|height=100]Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a respected British gastroenterologist and lead author on a 1998 Lancet MMR-vaccine-Autism study, has been accused by the U.K. General Medical Council of conducting unnecessary procedures on children and of coordinating bogus research in alliance with a group of lawyers for autism patients. (See Wikipedia article on Wakefield).

The study in question stated that the combined measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, administered around the world, puts children at risk of autism or bowel disease. The findings, and the subsequent media coverage, led many parents to refuse to vaccinate their children. However, since then, ten of the original 13 researchers have renounced the study, and its conclusions. The article itself was retracted by Lancet.

Scientific misconduct rears its ugly head again. Let's hope the GMC gets to the bottom of it, and clears Wakefield or penalizes him severely, due to his alleged misconduct and dishonesty.

Dean Giustini

OM blogger

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