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Dispatches. MMR: What They Didn't Tell You

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1293

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  1. Abi Berger (, associate editor, BMJ, and general practitioner
  1. London

    Channel 4, Thursday 18 November at 9 pm

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    If you didn't see this programme, find someone who taped it. Not only will you learn something about the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) health scare, but it will also give you the opportunity to watch one of the most exciting examples of investigative television journalism you will ever see. This episode of Dispatches was utterly compelling both in its presentation and in its lack of emotional blackmail.

    Presenter and journalist Brian Deer seems to have singlehandedly eaten away at the MMR story. His clear and simple presentation of this, his latest chapter—describing an enormous clash and conflict of interest between science, business, huge egos, and the potential to make megabucks—belies the huge and prolonged efforts he has clearly gone to in trying to get to the bottom of the MMR tale of woe.

    The story so far: following the publication of his paper in the Lancet (Lancet 1998;351: 637), …

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