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Andrew Wakefield quits autism centre


MMR vaccine doctor Andrew Wakefield quits autism centre
Controversial medic steps down from facility he founded in Texas

Aidan Jones
The Guardian, Friday 19 February 2010
Andrew Wakefield, the doctor whose research triggered a health scare over the MMR vaccine in Britain, has resigned from the autism centre he founded in Texas.

His resignation follows disciplinary hearings at the General Medical Council in London last month which ruled he acted dishonestly and irresponsibly over a 1998 paper in the Lancet medical journal which claimed to have found a link between the MMR jab, bowel disease and autism.

The research prompted a slump in the number of children administered the jab for measles, mumps and rubella. At the time of his research Wakefield was working at the Royal Free hospital school in London.




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