The fraud behind the MMR scare

  title={The fraud behind the MMR scare},
  author={Fiona Godlee},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
  • F. Godlee
  • Published 6 January 2011
  • Medicine
  • BMJ : British Medical Journal
This week we begin a special series of articles by the journalist Brian Deer. It focuses on what may seem a familiar story—the scare linking the MMR vaccine with autism, launched at a press conference in 1998 after the Lancet published a paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues describing 12 children with brain and bowel disease. Deer’s investigation into Wakefield’s work has taken seven years. It led to the UK General Medical Council’s longest ever fitness to practise hearing, after which… 
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