The British medical journal BMJ has published its investigation into Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s highly-influential study of a possible link between autism and childhood vaccines. BMJ concluded that Wakefield misrepresented or altered the medical histories of the patients he studied.
The 1998 study was published in the prestigious medical journal the Lancet and garnered global attention. Following publication, inoculation rates dropped significantly, particularly in the UK.
However, Wakefield hasn’t been able to replicate his findings, the Lancet has retracted the study, and Wakefield has since been stripped of his medical license. Now the BMJ investigation points beyond just erroneous findings, to outright deception.
Thursday morning on AirTalk we’ll take up this issue with Dr. Paul Offit, author of Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. Millions of parents still hold that vaccines put their children at higher risk of autism. We’ll look at the evidence.