Andrew Wakefield

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Andrew Jeremy Wakefield (born 1957) is a British doctor who, in 1998, published a research paper on a possible link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, bowel disease and autism. He was a gastroenterologist until he was, controversially, struck off the UK medical register for alleged unethical behaviour.

The Wikipedia page on Andrew Wakefield is an extreme character assassination, liberally sprinkled with words like "fraudulent", "discredited", "unethical", "misconduct" and "dishonesty".[1]

Although Wakefield was struck off the UK medical register, he was never discredited. He was wrongly accused and later vindicated.[2][3]

In 2003, a drama starring Hugh Bonneville as Wakefield called Hear the Silence was released.

In 2004, Brian Deer released a film titled "MMR: What They Didn't Tell You"[4] critical of Wakefield's research.

Research presented at the 2010 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, supports the findings of Wakefield's 1998 Lancet paper of an association between autism and serious gastrointestinal disease in children.[5]

In 2010, Skyhorse Publishing released Wakefield's book Callous Disregard: Autism and Vaccines--The Truth Behind a Tragedy, which recounts the events surrounding the 1998 study.

In 2017, Wakefield starred in The Pathological Optimist. In 2020, Brian Deer released a biography about Wakefield titled The Doctor Who Fooled the World.

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