Meet the doctor who started the rumor that vaccines cause autism

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Perhaps the biggest boost to the antivaccine movement came in 1998, when, in a peer review journal called the Lancet, Andrew J. Wakefield and 12 colleagues proposed that the measles vaccine could cause autism in susceptible children.

In the years since, more than a dozen studies have convincingly shown that vaccines do not cause autism.

 

In fact, it is extremely rare in science that published scientific findings have been so thoroughly, and publicly, disproved.

The Lancet retracted the Wakefield article in early 2010. Most of the co-authors no longer vouch for the study findings. And as mentioned before, Wakefield himself was accused of falsifying the data and lost his medical license.

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