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By Mary Ann Roser, The Austin Statesman
Wakefield, the British doctor who came to Austin after fueling a worldwide scare over vaccines and autism, said Wednesday that he expects to have his British medical license yanked next week in a final effort by the mainstream medical establishment to silence him and stop his research.
It won't work, said Wakefield, who insisted he is more convinced than ever that he was right 12 years ago when he suggested a link between vaccines, gastrointestinal illness and autism, despite scientific studies contradicting such a link. He said he will get back to his research in Austin soon, working with Dr. Arthur Krigsman, who was with him at the Thoughtful House Center for Children, where Wakefield was executive director before resigning in February.
In January, the General Medical Council, which regulates doctors in the United Kingdom, found Wakefield, 53, guilty of acting dishonestly and irresponsibly in researching children with autism in England. That work culminated in a 1998 paper in the prestigious Lancet journal that was retracted in February. The council also said Wakefield showed a "callous disregard" for children at his son's birthday party in 1999 when he had blood taken from them, paying them about $10 each and later joking about it at a conference.
In his first in-depth interview since the council's findings, Wakefield — hailed as a hero by some parents and a false prophet by many doctors — said the charges were unfair, false and pre-determined from the outset because he dared to take on the vaccine industry. He said he does not intend to fade away.
"Now that they have come to their determination, I will make absolutely sure the truth comes out," Wakefield said. "I think I am in a position to encourage people to take a more serious look at the kinds of projects I am considering," such as researching the long-term health of children who have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated...
Dr. Wakefield has written Callous Disregard which debuts this month from Skyhorse Publishing. He will be signing copies at Autism One. You can purchase a copy at his site now.