Retracted autism study an 'elaborate fraud,' British journal finds - CNN.com
A now-retracted British study that linked autism to childhood vaccines was an "elaborate fraud" that has done long-lasting damage to public health, a leading medical publication reported Wednesday.
An investigation published by the British medical journal BMJ concludes the study's author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, misrepresented or altered the medical histories of all 12 of the patients whose cases formed the basis of the 1998 study -- and that there was "no doubt" Wakefield was responsible.
Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license in May.
So - no evidence connecting vaccines and autism - but how much damage will be done to children who don't receive vaccines because from now on, someone is ALWAYS going to insist the link exists anyway...Most of his co-authors withdrew their names from the study in 2004 after learning [Wakefield] had had been paid by a law firm that intended to sue vaccine manufacturers