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Are You Surprised by the Delinking of Vaccines and Autism?

Feb 2 2010 - 10:00am

Twelve years after the medical and parenting communities were rocked by the release of a study linking the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine [1] to autism [2], the world's most renowned medical journal is retracting the paper that made the initial claims. This morning, the editors of The Lancet announced [3] that the researcher behind the paper was not honest in his presentation of the data and "it has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield . . . are incorrect."

The original publication of the paper set off a firestorm of controversy, pitting many physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics against parents of children diagnosed with the disorder, including Jenny McCarthy [4], who has been an outspoken critic of the current vaccination schedule [5].

Are you surprised by The Lancet's announcement this morning?

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