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Letters More secrets of the MMR scare

Who saw the “histological findings”?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 07 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7892
  1. Brian Deer, journalist1
  1. 1London, UK

We recently added to our series “Secrets of the MMR scare” with more on the claim that Wakefield and colleagues discovered a new inflammatory bowel disease.1 This was one of two sides to the infamous Lancet paper—the other linking the vaccine with autism.2

The paper said that “histological findings” of colitis were made in 11 of 12 children. “Formalin fixed biopsy samples of …

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