Andrew Wakefield The Original “Anti-vaxxer Quack” Or An Ethical Doctor Way Ahead Of His Time?

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Andrew Wakefield was a consultant gastroenterologist at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He was the lead author (one of 13) of a paper published in The Lancet in 1998 that raised concerns about an increase in GI symptoms in children with a new regressive form of Autism. Andrew Wakefield recommended further studies to investigate the root cause, but as there was an association with the MMR vaccione recommended a return to single vaccines based on precautionary principle to reduce risk.

What then ensued was something Andrew never imagined. His career was cut short, funding for his research dried up, he was forced to leave the NHS and move to the US. But it didn’t end there with further accusations of fraud, hoax and referral to the GMC.

After several years Andrew was struck off.

For years the name Andrew Wakefield has been synonymous with “quack”, “ant-vaxxer”, “fraud”, “dangerous doctor”, “negligent doctor” and more.

But was he, is he? Or is he possibly the truest form of ethical doctor?

Why don’t you keep an open mind and decide after listening to the podcast.

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