Friday, February 5, 2010
Debunking the Vaccine Myth
This week, the English medical journal The Lancet retracted the study published by Andrew Wakefield in its pages claiming a link between autism and the MMR vaccine. Rahul Parikh, MD, has a short but good story about it in Salon that unpacks not just the Lancet's goals in publishing the study in the first place but the media's role in promoting the news of the study. Unfortunately, this genie is not going back into any bottle soon, but at least it's a start.