Andrew Wakefield, Autism-Vaccine Scare

Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Shocking research and reports. Brian Deer has done a great job in uncovering the truth about this autism-vaccine scare scandal. Unfortunately, what we learn here should serve as a serious warning for journalists or general public when we read medical news/research to be a little bit skeptical, even when the researches are published in supposedly “authoritative” medical journals like The Lancet.

BMJ, “How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed” by Brian Deer (Part 1 of 2 “Secrets of the MMR scare”) Here is an excerpt,

“The journal [Lancet], meanwhile, took 12 years to retract the paper, by which time its mischief had been exported. As parents’ confidence slowly returned in Britain, the scare took off around the world, unleashing fear, guilt, and infectious diseases—and fuelling suspicion of vaccines in general.

BMJ, “How the vaccine crisis was meant to make money” by Brian Deer (Part 2 of 2 “Secrets of the MMR scare”)

* UK Guardian, “The medical establishment shielded Andrew Wakefield from fraud claims – Brian Deer spent years investigating Andrew Wakefield’s MMR and autism research, which he now alleges was fraudulent. Here he argues that doctors closed ranks behind one of their own

* NPR, “Journal Claims Profit Motive Helped Fuel Autism-Vaccine Scare

* “Wakefield Debunked, But Vaccine Fear Lives

* “Autism ‘study’ represents a failure of journalism


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