Andrew Wakefield, Fraudulent Charlatan or Autism Prophet??? - Page 2
After publication of these articles by Brian Deer, most of the coauthors of Wakefield withdrew their support for the study’s interpretations.
The British General Medical Council (GMC) conducted an inquiry against Wakefield, focusing on the accusation that children were subjected to unnecessary invasive medical procedures, such as colonoscopy and lumbar puncture.
In 2010 the statutory tribunal of the GMC found 36 charges proved including dishonesty and abuse of developmentally challenged children. The medical license of Wakefield was revoked and he is no longer allowed to practice medicine. The Lancet fully retracted the 1998 publication. Wakefield has continued to defend his research and conclusions, saying there was no fraud, hoax or profit motive.
Worldwide numerous people believe that the M.M.R. vaccine causes autism, based on one dubious study whose head researcher, Andrew Wakefield, was proven as committing fraud. He received a substantial sum of money of a legal aid group which made him manipulate the outcome of his research in such a way that it seemed that the M.M.R vaccine causes autism.
The real outcome is that millions of people worldwide refuse to vaccinate their children based on this questionable research and the once feared (and eradicated) pediatric diseases like measles have returned and have claimed lives.
Of course it’s absolutely necessary to keep researching what causes autism and find a cure (if possible), but in my opinion this study has done more harm than good.