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University of Toronto clears antivaccine course but will discontinue it

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3891 (Published 17 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3891
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

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course material included a two hour internet video of an interview with Andrew Wakefield, author of the discredited and withdrawn Lancet study that posited a link between autism and the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.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 …

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