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Medical journal retracts autism paper

The Lancet retracts 12-year-old paper linking vaccine and autism


The Lancet medical journal has formally retracted a 12-year-old paper that caused a battle over the links between a childhood vaccine and autism, Reuters reports. Published in 1998 and written by British doctor Andrew Wakefield, the paper suggested that the combined measles, mumps and rubella shot (known as MMR) might be linked to autism and bowel disease, leading to a fall in the number of vaccinations and a rise in cases of measles. A disciplinary panel from Britain’s General Medical Council ruled last week that Wakefield showed a “callous disregard” for suffering children, bringing the medical profession into “disrepute.”


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Medical journal retracts autism paper

  1. This whole episode will certainly merit the attention of future historians. It's informative for all kinds of reasons.

  2. That pathetic twerp Wakefield became an undeserving hero to countless suffering families, convinced countless more parents to leave their babies dangerously exposed to preventable infectious diseases, and contributed to the resurgence of measles and mumps in the UK. Some of those victims have died. Now we learn he poked a bunch of kids for blood tests at a freaking birthday party without ethical approval or parental consent. He has cost the developed world millions and millions to devote toward research to (unsuccessfully) try to replicate his garbage — and the conspirazoid nutsos still idolize that moron and discount the actual evidence, furthering the risk to the population from these insanely easy-to-prevent infectious scourges.

    Bastard deserves jail. Pure and simple.

  3. Wow, that is harsh! Name calling and jail time?? How would you like to spend a few days looking after the autistic children Dr. Wakefield is trying to help? I'm sure you couldn't take it!

    Did anyone hear from the parents who Dr. Wakefield's orignal study was based on? NONE of them complained to the GMC, And two brave doctors stood with him, you don't hear about them much.

    Just have a look at the videos here: the parents were thrown out and were not listened to:

    God Bless Dr. Wakefield!!!!!!!!

  4. It is surprising that the British Medical Council only got to this situation now, after 12 yrs.!! There is evidence that a percentage of people with not only autism, but developmental disorders, that are a direct result link to vaccines. There are also many cases where genetics or environmental contributors are the cause. However, to discount the Dr. statements without investigating outside the mainstream medical community "box" is not doing justice to the Dr. work, nor is it fair to all the families who have suffered needlessly by the Council's unobjective stand. When is any Body of professionals ever going to have the tenacity/balls to conduct a survey of families directly affected by autism – wouldn't that be an eye-opener!