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    Self-Aggrandising Pseudoscience Castigated - Wakefield Struck Off By GMC
    By Patrick Lockerby | January 30th 2010 07:14 PM | 2 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Self-Aggrandising Pseudoscience Castigated - Wakefield Struck Off By GMC


    Following the longest medical misconduct inquiry ever held in the U.K., Andrew Wakefield has been struck off by the GMC, the General Medical Council.  The GMC, an independant charitable organisation, is responsible in the UK for the registration of medical doctors and for the supervision of their conduct.  The GMC enjoys a global high reputation for its ethics and integrity.

    Brian Deer has exposed much wrongdoing by Wakefield and has been the subject of a (withdrawn) libel suit by him.  He reports in the UK's Sunday Times, 31st Jan 2010:
    The panel’s findings were astounding, both in their number and substance. More than 30 charges were found proven against Wakefield. For him alone they ran across 52 pages. Embracing four counts of dishonesty — including money, research and public statements — they painted a picture of a man not to be trusted.


    Wakefield's self-aggrandising pseudoscience caused a global health scare.

    That is not Wakefield’s fault, he insists. Instead it is the government that is to blame for not dancing to his tune.

    The panel of 5 at the GMC found that Wakefield had shown a callous
    disregard for distress and pain; that he was unethical and dishonest.

    “Any journal to which a researcher shown to be dishonest submitted a paper would reject it,” said Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, this weekend. “They would say, ‘This man can’t be trusted’. His career as a researcher is effectively over.”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk

    Related articles here at scientificblogging:
    Festival of Idiots #3 - Andrew Wakefield, Vaccines And Autism
    Again, Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism
    Vaccine/autism link gets double shot in the arm
    Lewis Carroll on Mercury and Autism

    Comments

    It is critical to point out that any parallel between the abuse of science by Wakefield and Pachauri is only incidental. Wakefield deserves our castigation. Pachauri must be shielded by everyone in the press and anyone who cares about the planet. It is not a case of double standards. It is a case of protecting the world we live in.

    logicman
    It is critical to point out that any parallel between the abuse of science by Wakefield and Pachauri is only incidental. Wakefield deserves our castigation. Pachauri must be shielded by everyone in the press and anyone who cares about the planet. It is not a case of double standards. It is a case of protecting the world we live in.
    There is no parallel, other than the fact that Wakefield has the support of fringe elements, whilst Pachauri is continually targeted by the fringe.

    Wakefield
    deliberately gave false evidence in his own scientific papers,
    conducted at least one unethical experiment,
    insisted when discovered and brought to task that he was right and everyone else was wrong.

    His published findings are disputed by a majority of scientific evidence.


    Pachauri

    supervised a team of experts convened to collate and statistically evaluate thousand of scientific papers,
    expressed regret about published errors as soon as they were discovered.

    The publications of the IPCC under his continues chairmanship continue to enjoy the support of many highly talented, ethical and globally recognised scientists.