The British Medical Journal isn’t on my usual list of things to read. I came across this story about the washup of the Wakefield/autism scare. It is a dreadful story of medical fraud which resulted in real harm. I suggest you read the article in full. It is a case study for many things.
The only ones to come out of it with much credit is Brian Deer and his paper The Sunday Times, which as you will remember is owned by that evil magnate Rupert Murdoch.The Lancet, which originally published the article by Wakefield took 12 years to retract the article which was peer reviewed and carried the names of several scientists who say they “trusted” Wakefield.
In Australia there is quite a strong anti-vaccination movement which presents itself as giving “information” about vaccination, though clearly it is arousing doubt and fear among mothers. I will accept that these people are misguided rather than fraudulent. Whatever – vaccination rates here are down and infection rates for diseases up.
Correction: I said that the BMJ published the original article. It was Lancet.