Friday, January 29, 2010

Original autism-mercury study "unethical and irresponsible"

Britain's medical regulator says Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who published the original study linking autism and mercury in the MMR shot, did it in "in an unethical and irresponsible manner."
The General Medical Council, Britain's medical regulator, found that Andrew Wakefield acted unethically in the way he collected blood samples from children and in his failure to disclose payments from lawyers representing parents who believed the vaccinations for measles, mumps and rubella -- given as a single shot, referred to as the MMR vaccine -- had hurt their kids.
The regulator also concluded that Wakefield acted with "callous disregard" by conducting invasive tests on children that were not in their best medical interests. ...
Those included taking blood samples from children at his son's birthday party and paying them each about $8, the regulator found. He also performed spinal taps on children at a hospital without due regard for how they might be affected, it said. 
This doesn't impugn the science in his report, only his character. Others have already sufficiently impugned the science.

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