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The Fraud Behind the MMR Scare
BMJ Calls Wakefield's Study Linking MMR Vaccine to Autism 'Fraudulent'
Brian Deer
In a special series of articles published by BMJ, Brian Deer exposes the data behind claims that launched a worldwide scare over the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, and reveals how the appearance of a link with autism was manufactured at a London medical school. In an accompanying editorial, Fiona Godlee and colleagues say that Andrew Wakefield's article linking MMR vaccine and autism was based not on bad science but on a deliberate fraud. In addition, Brian Deer analyses the similarities between the MMR scare and the case of "Piltdown Man” in this blog post.
 
BMJ Series of Articles
PART 1:
Secrets of the MMR Scare: How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed
Published January 5, 2011
By Brian Deer
In the first part of a special BMJ series, Brian Deer exposes the data behind claims that launched a worldwide scare over the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, and reveals how the appearance of a link with autism was manufactured at a London medical school.
Additional Information: Tables contrasting the Wakefield et al paper with NHS records of patient diagnoses and histories
PART 2:
Secrets of the MMR Scare: How the vaccine crisis was meant to make money
Published January 11, 2011
By Brian Deer
'MMR doctor' planned scheme to make millions from his health scare Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced doctor who claimed a link between MMR and autism, planned secret businesses intended to make huge sums of money, in Britain and America, from his now-discredited allegations. The Wakefield scheme is exposed today in the second part of a BMJ series of special reports, "Secrets of the MMR scare," by investigative journalist Brian Deer. Last week we revealed the scientific fraud behind the appearance of a link between the vaccine and autism. Now Deer follows the money.
PART 3:
Secrets of the MMR Scare: The Lancet's 2 days to bury bad news
Published January 18, 2011
By Brian Deer
A series of denials and a failure to formally investigate allegations of misconduct in Andrew Wakefield's MMR research meant the public was misled about the credibility of the paper for six years. In the third and final part of a special BMJ series, "Secrets of the MMR scare", investigative journalist Brian Deer reveals how the medical establishment closed ranks to protect Wakefield after he raised concerns with the Lancet in 2004. Deer thought the editor, Richard Horton, would say that an investigation was needed. Instead he reports that "within 48 hours, and working with the paper's three senior authors, the journal was to publish 5000 words of denials, in statements, unretracted to this day."
 
Accompanying BMJ Editorials
Institutional and Editorial Misconduct in the MMR Scare
Published January 19, 2011
Assuring Research Integrity in the Wake of Wakefield
Published January 18, 2011
The Fraud Behind the MMR Scare
Published January 6, 2011
Wakefield’s Article Linking MMR Vaccine and Autism Was Fraudulent
Published January 5, 2011
IAC Related Resources
Handouts: Talking with Parents about Vaccines
Vaccine Concerns: Autism
Vaccine Concerns: MMR
Communicating About Vaccines: Safety
 
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Published March 25, 2011
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News and Views: BMJ and Brian Deer Document MMR Scare
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Public Health – Seattle & King County
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Published January 24, 2011
amednews
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Published January 20, 2011
HealthDay
UK Officials Failed to Probe Autism Scandal
Published January 18, 2011
MSNBC
Why Salon's Autism Retraction Matters
Published January 18, 2011
Forbes: The Medicine Show
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Published January 12, 2011
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Report Alleges Money Motivated Doctor Behind Autism-Vaccine Scare
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HealthDay News
Opinion by Dr. Paul A. Offit: Junk Science Isn't a Victimless Crime
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Wall Street Journal
As The Facts Win Out, Vaccinations May Too
Published January 9, 2011
NPR
Autism, Vaccines and Fraud: Q&A With Author Seth Mnookin
Published January 9, 2011
Time
Review & Outlook: The Autism Vaccine Hoax
Published January 8, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Report Linking Vaccine to Autism an Elaborate Fraud
Published January 6, 2011
USA Today
Medical Journal Says Autism Study Was a 'Fraud'
Published January 5, 2011
Wall Street Journal
Autism Researcher Faked Info in Study that Linked Vaccines and Autism, New Report Finds
Published January 5, 2011
New York Daily News
 
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