Brian Deer: Truth of the MMR vaccine scandal

24 Jan

The General Medical Counsel (GMC) hearings on doctors Andrew Wakefield, John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch are over and the decision is expected to be made public this week. Brian Deer, the reporter who broke the story exposing the possible misdeeds involved in the MMR-causes-autism research conducted at the Royal Free Hospital by Wakefield et al., has a story out in the Sunday Times:

Truth of the MMR vaccine scandal
After an epic misconduct hearing, the doctors who caused panic over the vaccine are about to learn their fate. A report on the greatest health scare of recent times

The story re-introduces the readers to the story of MMR scare and how it began. I suspect the real story will come out after the GMC decision is handed down and details from the patient records are discussed as in Brian Deer’s recent articles such as MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism.

Mr. Deer faces a pretty major smear campaign from Dr. Wakefield’s supporters. I can only expect it to get worse after the decision is handed down–whatever that decision may be.

14 Responses to “Brian Deer: Truth of the MMR vaccine scandal”

  1. Ivar TJ January 24, 2010 at 08:51 #

    First link is funny.

  2. Robert Rampson January 24, 2010 at 09:58 #

    I just read the ST article. It’s a non-story. Just regurgitated character assassination of Wakefield and some expectation that he will be found guilty of something on Thursday. Left Brian right Brian waffle.

    • Kev January 24, 2010 at 10:14 #

      We aim to please Robert.

      Link to the GMC is fixed.

  3. Robert Rampson January 24, 2010 at 12:27 #

    We? Are ‘Kev’ and Brian Deer the same person, I wonder? I think we should be told!

  4. Kev January 24, 2010 at 12:48 #

    Yeah you guessed it – man nothing gets past your searing intellect does it Robert?

  5. Passing Thru January 24, 2010 at 13:41 #

    BTW the link to Brian Deer’s website is also broken.

    Incredible, but the Sunday Mail in the UK has done a piece on Wakefield without ever once mentioning what the charges are against him, or what evidence was presented at the hearing.

    How can it be that someone who says a vaccine causes autism is thereafter exempt from scrutiny over his treatment of autistic children?

  6. Vindaloo January 24, 2010 at 14:32 #

    Passing Thru – The Brit libel laws were designed to protect royals and their dingleberries. Unvaccinated kids who’ve come down with Measles and the autistic kids who’ve been mistreated by the brave maverick quacks are the ones who have been harmed in this quack-manufactured battle.

    Robert – your trolling skillz r weak – back to AOA for you.

  7. Kev January 24, 2010 at 14:39 #

    Thanks Passing Thru – fixed now 🙂

  8. Mike Stanton January 24, 2010 at 14:40 #

    it looks like the pro and anti Wakefield camps are positioning themselves ahead of next week’s announcement from the GMC. Deer is correct to point out that the scientific verdict on Wakefield’s hypothesis is already in. There is no evidence that MMR causes bowel disease or autism. The decision of the GMC will have no effect on the scientific verdict. The hearings are not about the science but about the manner in which the science was conducted. Did Wakefield breach medical or research ethics?

    In contrast, Beck, a long time supporter of Wakefield writing in the Mail ignores the matters before the GMC and reports on Wakefield’s promise of new research that will vindicate him when it is published. Is this the same research she reported on 5 years ago that remains unpublished?

    She is like Billy Bunter forever expecting a postal order and forever disappointed or Mr Micawber who lived in the hope of something turning up. Though I doubt that even a sentimentalist of Dickens ability could write a happy ending for Wakefield.

  9. Brian Deer January 24, 2010 at 14:54 #

    Since this issue seems to be of current interest, I thought I would point out that – as part of a much longer account of the whole thing – I have a summary of the GMC’s case against Andrew Wakefield posted at my website. It’s just 4,000 words, but it’s the only factual account that’s available anywhere.

    For some reason, there are people who felt they could help themselves by publishing sustained false accounts of what the proceedings have been about. But this is the only reasonably factual description.

  10. Sullivan January 24, 2010 at 15:03 #

    I thought I got to be Brian Deer now!

    Robert Rampson has caught on–Brian Deer is like “the dred pirate Roberts”

    Sorry for the messed up links.

  11. Laurent January 24, 2010 at 18:16 #

    This link seems better
    Truth of the MMR vaccine scandal

  12. David N. Brown January 24, 2010 at 20:27 #

    “How can it be that someone who says a vaccine causes autism is thereafter exempt from scrutiny over his treatment of autistic children?”

    Wakefield’s past conduct shows that those who criticise him are in clear and present danger of law suits, frivolous complaints to the PCC and similar organizations, and libels in Wakefield’s press releases and the media of his associates. I suspect that fear of lawsuits was a significant reason why he was not openly accused of fraud even before the 1998 Lancet paper. In this respect, there are disturbing parallels to “angel of death” cases.


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