nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

For The Record: Autism-Vaccine Doctor Loses License

The Medical Council in Great Britain has stricken Wakefield from the register.

Being stricken from the register is British-speak for revoking a medical license.  The Medical Council cited "serious professional misconduct."

Those long-time readers of Nostrums know I've railed against vaccine nay-sayers for years, and in particular those who bought into the false theories of Andrew Wakefield regarding the MMR shot and autism.

The Council's action was based on his conduct, not his research.  But, seperately, his research from 1997 was repudiated by several co-authors in 2004 .  The British Medical Journal (who published it) also repudiated it recently.

And finally, see my recent post on the dramatic rise in measles (one of the M's in MMR) in Great Britain in the last year...about when you would it expect it to, if people were influenced to stop taking the vaccine back in the late 90's.

The bad news?  Wakefield is in the US now.

Doc D

1 comment:

Jess Staples said...

This even made the news over here....and, unsurprisingly, doctors here are thrilled as well.

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