The somewhat sordid story of Andrew Wakefield and his claim that the MMR vaccine causes autism.

This is a post I wrote earlier this year about Andrew Wakefield’s story and its effects.


1n 1998, a British doctor named Andrew Wakefield – along with 12 colleagues – conducted a study looking into the link between autism and gut issues, and published a report of it in the Lancet, a respected medical journal.

The paper raised the query as to whether the triple antigen measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) predisposed children to autism.  The study wasn’t actually trying to examine any link between the vaccine and autism, there was no evidence in the collected data to suggest any link, BUT – the paper worded that statement in a way that it “did not prove an association between measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described.  Virological studies are underway that may help to resolve this issue.”

The trouble with this wording is that it hints that there *may* be a link, even though the data didn’t support one.  This was – as…

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