Thursday, January 6, 2011

Autism and Vaccines - New Year Starts Off Well

More bad news for Andrew Wakefield:
An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes Wakefield misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible. The journalist who wrote the BMJ articles said Thursday he believes Wakefield should face criminal charges.
More from CNN: Doctor defends retracted autism study

... and from Orac: "Piltdown" medicine: Andrew Wakefield's scientific fraud was worse than previously thought

It's amazing how people can cling to their misguided views and heroes who are shown to be frauds.
This guy did more harm to children than we can imagine, by depriving so many of them of one of the best and most effective medical treatments and preventive measures. He also sent so many parents of autistic children on a misdirected hunt for cures that don't exist. And to top it off, he's still trying to defend himself and his terrible deeds.
Let's hope 2011 is the last year we hear of Andrew Wakefiled.