In a special series of articles published in 2011 by BMJ, author Brian Deer exposes the data behind claims that launched a worldwide scare over the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and revealed 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 the MMR vaccine and autism was based not on bad science but deliberate fraud. In addition, Brian Deer analyzes the similarities between the MMR scare and the “Piltdown Man” case.
January 5, 2011
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 revealed how the appearance of a link with autism was manufactured at a London medical school.
January 11, 2011
Now author Brian Deer follows the money. Andrew Wakefield, the disgraced “MMR 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 in the second part of the BMJ series of special reports.
January 18, 2011
In the third of the series, author Brian Deer reveals how the medical establishment closed ranks to protect Wakefield after he raised concerns with the Lancet in 2004. 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. 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 5,000 words of denials, in statements, unretracted to this day.”
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