BMJ Report (Wakefield - January 2011)
Andrew Wakefield's Questions for BMJ Editors
QUESTIONS FOR BMJ EDITORS:
1. Do the BMJ editors stand by their 6 Jan 2011 editorial "Wakefield’s
article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent" alleging Andrew
Wakefield alone and unassisted committed research fraud?
This relates to a 1998 Lancet medical journal "early report" calling for more
research into a finding of a new bowel syndrome in children exhibiting autistic
2. The editors claim "Wakefield altered numerous facts about the patients’
medical histories in order to support his claim to have identified a new
syndrome" and base this substantially on a comparison between early general
family doctor records and what was reported in The Lancet early report.
Do the BMJ editors dispute that:
3. If these matters are disputed, can the BMJ produce the data and results
provided to Dr Wakefield by his 12 colleagues and demonstrate where The Lancet
early report diverges.
- it was impossible for that to be done by anyone as they have alleged
- it could not have been done by Dr Wakefield
- those experts carried out their own investigations afresh
- none of the other 12 expert specialist medical professionals at The
Royal Free Hospital London worked from or even saw those "patients’ medical
- Dr Wakefield faithfully reported the data and results provided by his
other 12 expert professional colleagues
4. If the editors cannot produce evidence, do they now retract their editorial
and the paper by Mr Brian Deer upon which it is based and which they also
5. Can the editors confirm that neither they nor Mr Deer had sight of or access
to the "prospective developmental records" of the 12 Lancet children [the "Red
These were used as part of the basis for detailed clinical histories
investigating afresh early signs of disintegrative disorder.
6. Do the editors agree that family doctors would not have considered
"disintegrative disorder" nor looked for early signs.
7. If the editors still stand by their story how do they account for the fact
that those 12 specialist expert medical professionals read and reviewed the
Lancet paper before submission for publication, approved Wakefield's report of
their work and put their names to the paper.
8. Do the editors accept that by accusing Dr Wakefield of fraud they are
accusing all the other 12 experts.
9. Do the editors also accuse the authors of the following papers of fraud for
claiming to have found the same or a closely similar condition in autistic
Balzola F, Barbon V, Repici A, Rizzetto M. Panenteric IBD-like disease in a
patient with regressive autism shown for the first time by the wireless capsule
enteroscopy: another piece in the jigsaw of this gut-brain syndrome? Am J
Gastro. 2005; 979-981. (Italian replication)
Balzola F, et al. Autistic enterocolitis: confirmation of a new inflammatory
bowel disease in an Italian cohort of patients.
Gastroenterology.2005;128:Suppl.2;A-303. . (Italian replication)
Balzola F, et al. Beneficial behavioural effects of IBD therapy and
gluten/casein-free diet in an Italian cohort of patients with autistic
enterocolitis followed over one year. Gastroenterology, 2006:30; suppl. 2 S1364
A-21. . (Italian replication)
Chen B, Girgis S, El-Matary W. Childhood autism and eosinophilic colitis.
Digestion. 2010;81:127-9. (Canadian replication)
Galiatsatos P, et al. Autistic enterocolitis: fact or fiction? Can J
Gastroenterol 2009;23:95-98. (Canadian replication)
Gonzalez L, Lopez K, Navarro D, Negron L, Flores L, Rodriguez R, Martinez M,
Sabra A. Endoscopic and Histological Characteristics of the digestive mucosa in
autistic children with gastrointestinal symptoms. Arch Venez Pueric Pediatr
69;1:19-25 (Venezuelan replication)
Horvath K et al. Gastrointestinal abnormalities in children with autistic
disorder. J Pediatr. 1999;135:559-63. (US replication)
Krigsman A, Boris M, Goldblatt A et al. Clinical Presentation and Histologic
Findings at Ileocolonoscopy in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and
Chronic Gastrointestinal Symptoms. Autism Insights 2010;2:1-11 (US replication)
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