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MMR and other controversies

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 04 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c706

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  1. Fiona Godlee, editor, BMJ
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    Following the GMC’s judgment, the Lancet has retracted the paper by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues that in 1998 linked the MMR vaccine to autism and bowel disease (doi:10.1136/bmj.c696). Last week’s judgment on Wakefield and two of his co-authors was damning, both of the researchers’ unethical conduct and of their dishonest and misleading reporting of the study (doi:10.1136/bmj.c593). In our observation columns this week, Trish Greenhalgh gives her view on why retraction was needed (doi:10.1136/bmj.c644).We also hear from Brian Deer, whose journalistic investigation forced a partial retraction in 2004 and ultimately led to this longest ever GMC hearing (doi:10.1136/bmj.c672). …

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