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British Medical Council bars doctor who linked vaccine with autism

New York Times, May 25, 2010
A doctor whose research and public statements caused widespread alarm that a common childhood vaccine could cause autism was banned from practicing medicine in his native Britain for ethical lapses, including conducting invasive medical procedures on children that they did not need. The General Medical Council applied its most severe sanction against the doctor, Andrew Wakefield, 53, who abandoned his medical practice in Britain in 2004 as questions intensified about his research and set up a center to study childhood developmental disorders in Texas, despite not being licensed as a physician there.