Confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients’ data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine to protect against measles, mumps and rubella was linked to the condition.
Apparently, the guy fudged his data - only the most heinous sin possible in the world of science.
But here's the truly amazing part:
Despite involving just a dozen children, the 1998 paper’s impact was extraordinary. After its publication, rates of inoculation fell from 92% to below 80%.
Wow, one study involving 12 children reduced inoculation rates
12% 13%. Amazing. Who says one person can't make a difference?