Re: Pathology reports solve “new bowel disease” riddle
20 November 2011
Forgive me for asking, but in view of Dr Dhillon's measured and dignified Rapid Response below, which makes it very clear the biopsy slides he was asked to review also contained slides from 'control' samples, i.e. from children with perfectly normal guts, I would like to know how the BMJ Editors and peer reviewers can state with certainty that ALL of these 61 unsigned and undated tick box sheets, actually relate to the Lancet 12 children?
Dr Dhillon states:-
"The online grading sheets represent an incomplete record of my observations of the slides of gut mucosal biopsies from patients who were included in the Lancet 1998 study, and there were “normal control” biopsies as well; however:
-Of those grading sheets attributed to me not all are mine (grading sheets on p38-47 and p55-64 inclusive of the BMJ Nov 2011 online document belong to someone else: NB the handwriting is different to mine)"
Only Dr Wakefield knew which biopsy slide number referred to which child, and I doubt very much whether Dr Wakefield or his lawyers would have availed the GMC prosecuting lawyers of this information before the GMC hearing.
Dr Godlee states in her response (below):-
"The BMJ is not and never has been in contact with the patients or their families to the extent that, apart from one parent who has written to us, we don't know their identities."
So please tell us Dr Godlee. How do you know the children reviewed in these numbered sheets are the same children referred to in the 1998 Wakefield et al Lancet study?
Competing interests: Autistic Grandson, diagnosed and treated for Ileal-Lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia (which he STILL has) at the Royal Free Hospital, London under the excellent of care of Professor Walker Smith and his team. 1998-2002.
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