Assignment #2: Information Ethics historicallyanxious

Falsification

By the CNN Wire Staff. A 2011 Investigation by British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Retracted autism study an ‘elaborate fraud,’ British journal finds

http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/01/05/autism.vaccines/index.html

 This article is excellent to show the damage that can be done with the falsification of evidence.  Dr. Wakefield tried to link autism to the MMR vaccine by falsifying his data and misrepresenting or altering the medical histories of the 12 children involved in the study.  Investigators show that Dr. Wakefield was receiving money from lawyers who were planning a lawsuit.  The investigation showed that five of the children studied had developmental problems before they received the vaccine and three children never actually had autism.  Britain stripped Wakefield of his medical license and the BMJ retracted his study.

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