A British doctor and medical researcher who claims that he managed to establish a link between certain vaccinations and an increased risk of autism has come under serious fire from critics who have hailed him as reckless and irresponsible for manipulating data to bias the results.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his scientific findings as part of a thesis in 1998, and in his reports he stated that the results clearly linked children being vaccinated against infectious diseases with a higher risk of developing autism, a serious psychiatric disorder which was captured on the big screen perfectly by Dustin Hoffman’s wonderful portrayal in the 1988 classic, Rainman.
Editing staff at the ‘British Medical Journal’ (BMJ), which published the original study, have now said that Dr. Wakefield purposely falsified his data so that it supported his conclusion that a link existed between vaccinations and autism.
Fiona Godlee, the editor in chief at the BMJ, in an interview with CNN said, “It’s one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error but in this case, we have a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data.”
Dr. Wakefield however is adamant that his findings are correct and refutes conspiratorial claims against his work by the BMJ. In a previous interview with CNN Wakefield said, “The BMJ is trying to crush any attempt to investigate valid safety concerns.”
If the BMJ’s claims turn out to be true one would have to question Wakefield’s motives for falsifying his results, but on the other hand, if he is telling the truth about his reports, why would the BMJ be working so hard to discredit his findings?
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