Remember the sanctimonious advice to Sarah Palin not to vaccinate young Trig because he might be at risk for Autism
? Remember the LA Times weighing in
? Remember the cases of Whooping Cough
in wealthy suburbs, brought on by lack of vaccinations?
Well, the study behind it all was wrong.
Deliberately, fraudulently, deceptively, wrong.An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.
"It's one thing to have a bad study, a study full of error, and for the authors then to admit that they made errors," Fiona Godlee, BMJ's editor-in-chief, told CNN. "But in this case, we have a very different picture of what seems to be a deliberate attempt to create an impression that there was a link by falsifying the data."
Which appears to vindicate the much-disparaged ruling that thimerosal was not responsible for autism, and other vaccines also were not. Thimerosal is a preservative allowing vaccines to be stored in batches, rather than individual doses
, and so critical for epidemic vaccines. Several states had decided to make their own laws on the subject
, however. which could affect preparedness against epidemics.
The trial lawyers are, of course, outraged that a potential bonanza has been taken away. The parents are determined that science must come out on their side, because they want it to. Something like global warming advocates explaining the growth in global CO2 and the drop in temperatures since 1998.