University of Toronto clears antivaccine course but will discontinue itBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3891 (Published 17 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3891
- Owen Dyer
A University of Toronto internal review has cleared a health studies course taught by a homeopath that required students to watch antivaccine videos on the internet. The course had drawn complaints from academic staff and sharp criticism from several newspapers.
The course material included a two hour internet video of an interview with Andrew Wakefield, author of the discredited and withdrawn Lancet study that posited a link between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. The study led to a fall in uptake of the vaccine in the United Kingdom, and Wakefield was later struck off for numerous ethical breaches.
The course outline also suggested that …