UK medical journal, BMJ (formerly British Medical Journal), has accused a research team headed by Andrew Wakefield — one of the few medical doctors to support the narrowly-but-passionately held belief that there is a causal link between childhood vaccines and autism — of major scientific fraud — a fraud that has indirectly caused the unnecessary illness and death of children around the world because of fears caused by misinformation intentionally concocted from falsified research.
An exhaustively researched investigation of an already discredited 1998 medical research paper written by the team — the only published study to show what was said to be a connection between autism and childhood vaccines — has shown that what was once dismissed simply as “bad science,” when properly investigated, is actually revealed as can only be intentional fraud, according to BMJ.
Wakefield, whose medical credentials have been revoked in the UK is still able to practice medicine in the US, where he is lauded as a hero by those who claim there is not just a link between childhood vaccines but a profession-wide conspiracy among physicians and researchers to cover up the connection.
The British medical journal that published the 1998 paper has long since retracted it and 10 of the 13 researchers whose names were on the paper have asked that their names be removed from it — but the vaccine conspiracy theorists insist Wakefield is a lone hero.
According to an editorial in the BMJ…
A great deal of thought and effort must have gone into drafting the paper to achieve the results he wanted: the discrepancies all led in one direction; misreporting was gross.
But investigative journalist Brian Deer, who contributed additional investigation and commentary, castigated the scientific community and medical journals which were slow to call into question the many suspicious facets of the 1998 study:
“Did the scientific community ever really believe that 12 families had turned up consecutively at one hospital, with no reputation for developmental disorders, and make the same highly specific allegations — with a time-link of just days — and that there was not something fishy going on?”
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