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 Majority of Authors Retract

Controversial Interpretation of 1998 Lancet Paper

Linking MMR Vaccine to A New Syndrome of Bowel Disease and Autism

 
 Statements
 
A statement by the editors of The Lancet  [link to PubMed  
"We wish to make it clear that in [the 1998] paper no causal link was established between MMR vaccine and autism as the data were insufficient. However, the possibility of such a link was raised and consequent events have had major implications for public health. In view of this, we consider now is the appropriate time that we should together formally retract the interpretation placed upon [the] findings in the (1998) paper, according to precedent."

from Retraction of an Interpretation by Simon H Murch, Andrew Anthony, David H Casson, Mohsin Malik, Mark Berelowitz, Amar P Dhillon, Michael A Thomson, Alan Valentine, Susan E Davies, John A Walker-Smith (10 of the original 12 authors; John Linnell could not be reached)

 

 
Richard Horton
   
A statement by Dr Simon Murch  [link to PubMed
Simon Murch
   
A statement by Professor John Walker-Smith  [link to PubMed
John Walker-Smith
   
A statement by Dr Andrew Wakefield  [link to PubMed
Andrew Wakefield
A statement by The Royal Free and University College Medical School and The Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust  [link to PubMed
Professor Humphrey Hodgson
 
The lessons of MMR  [link to PubMed
Richard Horton
 
Retraction of an interpretation  [link to PubMed
*Simon H Murch, Andrew Anthony, David H Casson, Mohsin Malik, Mark Berelowitz, Amar P Dhillon, Michael A Thomson, Alan Valentine, Susan E Davies, John A Walker-Smith
   
Original paper:  Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children [link to PubMed abstract]
  Wakefield AJ, Murch SH, Anthony A, Linnell J, Casson DM, Malik M, Berelowtiz M, Dhillon AP, Thomson MA, Harvey P, Valentine A, Davies SE, Walker-Smith JA.
  Lancet 1998; 351: 637-41

 


see also: MMR/Measles Vaccine

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