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So many, so wrong

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:318
  1. Wendy Moore, freelance writer and author, London (

    Somewhere in the basement beneath the Hall of Fame there is a dusty broom cupboard reserved for those who have championed history's greatest medical errors. Here are remembered those often well meaning and frequently hard working souls who have committed their lives to pushing medical progress in completely the wrong direction.

    Some might suggest that damaging public faith in a safe and highly effective vaccine against childhood diseases would guarantee a future place. But space is at a premium, since the past can already furnish numerous examples of pioneers who have singlehandedly set back the course …

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