The MMR vaccine controversy, which triggered a steep decline in vaccination rates in the United Kingdom, followed the publication in 1998 of a paper in the medical journal The Lancet which presented apparent evidence that autism spectrum disorders could be caused by the MMR vaccine.
That paper has since been discredited.
Maligned by the medical establishment and mainstream media, Andrew Wakefield endeavors to defend the research and conclusions.
Andrew Wakefield is a British former surgeon and medical researcher, known for his controvertial 1998 research paper in support of the claim that there is a link between the administration of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the appearance of autism and bowel disease.
He has published over 140 scientific articles, book chapters, and scientific commentaries.
In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurologic injury in children, Wakefield lost his job and his medical license.