Wakefield’s back – a rant
Sweaty Andrew Wakefield is suing the British medical journal for claiming his research into MMR and autism to be fraudulent.
- The BMJ claimed no such thing. They presented evidence, much of it garnered by journalist Brian Deer and presented the overwhelming case for fraud and lack of ethics;
- The man has lost his right to practice medicine in the UK and is suing from Texas where he has worked abusing autistic children with unproven and potentially fatal “treatments” such as chelation. He was sacked (he says resigned) from this clinic (the Thoughtful House) around about the same time he was struck off by the GMC. He also abused autistic children while in the UK and still a doctor. His 1998 study that didn’t show anything, much less a link between vaccines and autism, almost cost Jack Piper, then 5, his life when his bowel was perforated a dozen times during a colonoscopy that had no potential medical or research benefit nor ethical approval when he underwent the procedure in November of that year to further the research.
One can only guess at his motivations but going on past performance I’d say egotism and fear of obscurity rate pretty highly. Maybe he is planning to become, once again, a figure head to reinvigorate a tired anti-vax movement in the UK. Perhaps he plans to return to the UK to set up clinics to drain British families living with autism of what little cash they have as the ludicrous cuts to services Cameron et al have planned begin to take their toll. The Tories are, after all, as Sandi Toksvig put it, the Party who put the ‘n’ in cuts). These cut backs twinned with NHS reforms will open the doors to charlatans and snake oil salespeople of the Wakefield ilk, though the government chooses to use the term “any qualified provider”. One depressing thing is for sure: we’ll be seeing a lot more of Polly Tommey while this rumbles on.
I’ll leave the rest to Orac, a far better writer than I.