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January 06, 2011

Making truth itself appear like falsehood

A notorious study linking autism to childhood vaccination was the product of "elaborate fraud" (via doubleplusundead, click through for robust comment).

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.
Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May. "Meanwhile, the damage to public health continues, fueled by unbalanced media reporting and an ineffective response from government, researchers, journals and the medical profession," BMJ states in an editorial accompanying the work.

More than ten years later and the truth has only now got its pants on. It is difficult to imagine how many deaths Wakefield, and credulous parents, should have on their conscience.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 6, 2011 06:23 AM