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Letters MMR scare

The BMJ’s measly editorial policies

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d809
  1. Neil MacFarlane, independent consultant in adult developmental psychiatry1
  1. 1London W1G 8GB, UK
  1. neilmacf{at}

The BMJ is right to pursue the autism/MMR/Wakefield issue,1 and to highlight the need for wider vaccination against measles. But problems remain. How is “good” investigative journalism to be reliably distinguished from the “bad” of certain newspapers and magazines? By detail alone? I am not convinced that if the Mail’s Melanie Phillips, say, had spent the same amount of time on the story, she would necessarily have ended …

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