Andrew Wakefield Gets Spanked Again, Is Still A Douche
I just finished reading part one of Brian Deer's investigative journalism piece that has been brewing for 12 years. It is damning stuff - I mean, check out this passage from the notes:
Ten children (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12) were found to have been subjected to invasive investigations for research purposes without ethical approval. In seven cases (1,2,3,5,8,9,12) this was found to be contrary to the child’s clinical interests..Eight children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12) were caused to undergo colonoscopies which were not clinically indicated. Seven children (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 12) were caused to undergo barium meals and follow throughs which were not clinically indicated. Three children (3, 9, 12) were caused to undergo lumbar punctures which were not clinically indicated.Seriously. The ethical violaitons alone should screw Wakefield and the other main doctor, John Walker-Smith. I highly recommend reading Deer's article in the BMJ as well as the second part to come soon.