Andrew Wakefield: Another one bites the dust…

First, it was anti-vaccine “martyr” Andrew Wakefield’s infamous 1998 Lancet paper.

Then it was his equally incompetent 2009 NeuroToxicology paper.

Now it’s Wakefield’s 2000 American Journal of Gastroenterology paper:

Errata, Corrigenda and Retractions

Am J Gastroenterol 2010; 105:1214; doi:10.1038/ajg.2010.149

Retraction: Enterocolitis in Children With Developmental Disorders

A J Wakefield, A Anthony, S H Murch, M Thomson, S M Montgomery, S Davies, J J O’Leary, M Berelowitz and J A Walker-Smith

Am J Gastroenterol 2000; 95:2285-2295

On 28 January 2010, the UK General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel raised concerns about a paper published in the Lancet by Dr Wakefield et al. (1). The main issues were that the patient sample collected was likely to be biased and that the statement in the paper, that the study had local ethics committee approval, was false. There was also the possibility of a serious conflict of interest in the interpretation of the data. The Lancet has now retracted this paper (1). This paper in the American Journal of Gastroenterology (AJG) (2) also includes the 12 patients in the original Lancet article and therefore we retract this AJG paper from the public record.

I wonder how many more Wakefield papers are destined for retraction. Certainly, any paper that used data from the children in his original Lancet paper for which he was found to have committed unethical conduct is a reasonable candidate to share the fate of the three papers above. It’s only too bad that all his incompetent science can’t meet the same fate. It will have to stand as an object lesson that crap remains in the scientific literature. In the meantime, Wakefield is devolving further and further into Mike Adams territory.