February 2, 2010
THE DECEIVER, NOT THE DECEIVED:
Lancet retracts 'utterly false' MMR paper: After medical council ruling last week that MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield was dishonest, journal finally quashes paper (Sarah Boseley, 2/02/10, guardian.co.uk)
The Lancet today finally retracted the paper that sparked a crisis in MMR vaccination across the UK, following the General Medical Council's decision that its lead author, Andrew Wakefield, had been dishonest.
The medical journal's editor, Richard Horton, told the Guardian today that he realised as soon as he read the GMC findings that the paper, published in February 1998, had to be retracted. "It was utterly clear, without any ambiguity at all, that the statements in the paper were utterly false," he said. "I feel I was deceived."
There's a certain mindset that needs to find medical causes for social disorders, whether they're there or not. Genuine autism is a difficult enough disease for all concerned that pretending there's been a massive increase does all a disservice.
Posted by Orrin Judd at February 2, 2010 8:28 PM