4 Feb

We’ve had a lot of discussion on Dr. Wakefield and his retracted paper. But seeing the actual paper with big red letters saying “RETRACTED” was something I was waiting for. I thought others might like to see it as well.

So, here is the first page of Dr. Wakefield’s article as it appears now.


This paper has caused so much harm in the autism communities. Too bad it won’t go to rest quietly.

7 Responses to “RETRACTED”

  1. kwombles February 4, 2010 at 02:21 #

    Thanks. That visual ought to be something that stays visible on folks’ blogs for a long time. I’m going to add it to Countering.

  2. Nick Walker February 4, 2010 at 02:25 #

    Now if only we could see those same big red letters stamped across Dr. Wakefield’s medical license…

  3. livsparents February 4, 2010 at 05:59 #

    Some anagrams generated off of ‘retracted’:

    Erect dart
    Erect drat
    Erect at dr
    Tract deer

  4. Sullivan February 4, 2010 at 07:08 #


    you have a very strange mind 😉

  5. Laurent February 4, 2010 at 10:41 #

    Now its time to work on how such a misconduct was possible?

    Why the previous patent (on making vaccine) of Wakefield is not cited as the biggest conflict of interest ?

    What about the Royal Free medical school knowing of this conflict of interest ?

    How much b/millions was spend in research that could have been spent looking for the causes of the disorder have instead been diverted to investigate the “link to vaccines” ?

  6. Oriel February 4, 2010 at 15:10 #

    Laurent raises a very good point. I agree that it is time time to ask ourselves how misconduct on the scale determined by the GMC in respect of the three doctors, went unchecked and unhindered. But for the intervention of Brian Deer and his excellent coverage of the entire debacle, bringing it into the public domain, I have to honestly wonder where it might all have ended.

    Not least, questions now need to be asked, if not an investigation ordered up at the Royal Free Hospital,to determine how it was that, vulnerable, mentally challenged children became victims of risky invasive procedures which were not clinically indicated while they were within the confines of the RFH. It’s difficult to believe that no mechanisms exist within the framework of a hospital to protect children from uneccessary suffering via procedures which are not clinically indicated or in their best interests, making it almost certainly a case of regulatory failure. Surely any failures on the part of the hospital hierarchy to intervene and prevent these children from becoming victims whilst under their care, needs to be investigated immediately. Support services and use of RFH facilities were required by the doctors to carry out their intentions so there can be little argument as to their involvement. The Childrens and Young Persons Act 1933 Section 1(1)makes it illegal for anyone over the age of 16 to expose a person under the age of 16 to anthing “likely to cause him unecessary suffering or injury to health”.

    It seems that the only person to chance upon this awful situation with insight into how wrong it all was, and empathy for the plight of the children, was the investigative journalist Brian Deer. Let’s all be grateful that he did!

  7. Theo February 4, 2010 at 17:36 #

    Though I found this also posted on AoA, I wanted to share it here. It is the text of a speech by Charlie Chaplin at the end of his only talkie film, The Great Dictator. THe speech is so moving, so heart wrenching and so true even now, that it inspires me in my fight for equality for all of us on the Spectrum. To fight for the dignity we should already have as members of the human race that others would take from us!

    “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white.

    We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there’s room for everyone and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

    The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls – has barricaded the world with hate – has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

    The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man – cries for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people. To those who can hear me, I say: ‘Do not despair.’ The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

    Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you and enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts. You don’t hate, only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural!

    Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the seventeenth chapter of St Luke, it is written the kingdom of God is within man not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people, have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful – to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security.

    By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will! Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people. Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason – a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers, in the name of democracy, let us unite!

    Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up Hannah. The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light. We are coming into a new world – a kindlier world, where men will rise above their hate, their greed and their brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow – into the light of hope, into the future, the glorious future that belongs to you, to me, and to all of us. Look up, Hannah… look up!”

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