Friday, June 1, 2012

Did You Know?

I recently received an email from the mom of one of my former students.   It was a piece about Dr. Wakefield's 1998 Lancet paper suggesting a possible link between ASDs and vaccines.

Given the media's interest in reporting that vaccines don't cause ASD, and that the Lancet MMR paper was deemed "fraudulent," I'm surprised that this little piece of information never made it to the national media.

It seems that a British Court completely reversed the ruling by the United Kingdom's General Medical Council that took the license of Dr. John Walker-Smith (a co-author of the Lancet MMR paper) for his role in connection with the Lancet paper.  The court declared that the Medical Council's "determination cannot stand."  Specifically, the Judge ruled that the panels conclusions were based on "inadequate and superficial reasoning and, in a number of instances, a wrong conclusion."

Meanwhile, Dr. Wakefield has filed a defamation lawsuit against, among others, the freelance reporter Brian Deer (upon whose "reporting" the Medical Council relied for its decision), and the British Medial Journal that published Deer's report.

It should be interesting to see how this lawsuit plays out.  At the least, you'd think someone might take notice that maybe Dr. Wakefield was right . . .

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