following up on the gullibility story is this heartbreaker

Oh here’s just a taste.  It actually leaves a very bitter taste, so beware:

A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an “elaborate fraud” that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.

An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study’s author, Dr. Andrew 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.

“It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors,” Fiona Godlee, BMJ’s editor-in-chief, told CNN. “But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.”

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2 responses

  1. I just stumbled across your blog post. I am reading a book about written by an MD who made a casual comment about the link between vaccinations and autism. Immediately I struggled to not discount everything I had read in his book. Yesterday, I searched medical journals for any proof that there is a link and did not find one- other than this one that you mentioned. I am studying public health and when people tell me how horrible vaccines are because of the increased risk of autism, it drives me nuts! So, I was glad I ran across your blog so that I read that the data was falsified. If only it hadn’t caused so many misconceptions…

    • Thanks for your comments. It’s truly horrifying what people do for money, without any regard for people’s lives. There’s another very interesting article that I was going to quote from my previous post, but it got too long. But I’ll bring it here http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire/. The article shows how we the gullible public grab onto ideas to reinforce what we think, but we’re often not willing to change what we believe, even with the best of science. Good luck with your studies!

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