All orthodoxies hold beliefs that followers challenge
at peril of condemnation,or even expulsion. One powerful orthodoxy
is the medical establishment. Three of its beliefs are that vaccination
(i) works, (ii) rarely hurts and (iii) is always appropriate.
A grateful public generally went along with these
- a very brave (some say foolhardy)
medical team led by a doctor called Andrew Wakefield reported
that they had detected a possible link between the measles-mumps-rubella
(MMR) and regressive autism (a form of autism where apparently
healthy babies regress into autism). They called for more, larger
studies to investigate what they had found and to determine what
was actually going on
- the UK medical establishment
in the guise of the British Medical Association responded disproportionately
in what many began to see as a 'witch hunt'
Sample articles - mmr vaccine
of MMR-autism link growing - UK Government pushes shabby research
to save MMR
MMR study irrelevant
study rerun found eightfold autism risk
researcher absconds with $2 million
MMR UK facade
study finds MMR-autism link
tests to carry out before giving MMR jab
jabs - not so fast
New quadruple jab - MMR plus
killed my daughter
many tragedies will it take?
given too young
usually a mild illness
- should we worry?
- a jab in the dark