Thanks to having been up all night Thursday night and most of the night a couple of days before that working on a grant, I know I haven’t had a chance to write about the GMC’s ruling on Andrew Wakefield’s unethical conduct in conducting his “clinical research” that according to him linked the MMR vaccine to autism. That dubious and possibly even fraudulent research ultimately fueled the anti-vaccine movement in the U.K. and, aided and abetted by the sensationalistic and credulous U.K. media, Wakefield started an MMR scare that persists to this day, having led to vaccination uptake rates plunging and measles surging back. Much suffering can be laid at his doorstep.
One advantage of having been forced to wait is that, when I finally do get around to blogging about Wakefield (probably on Monday), I can have some fun with the reactions of the anti-vaccine movement in general and the anti-vaccine crank blog Age of Autism in particular. In the meantime, I note that a clueless antivaxer has apparently found her way to a nearly year old post about Wakefield. Have some fun in the meantime. If that’s not enough, there’s also this clueless alt-med supporter on an old thread about Mark Hyman.
Or you could read the complete ruling on Wakefield.
I need a bit of rest now.