The license of the British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who claimed that there was a link between childhood vaccines and autism, was revoked and the physician can no longer practice medicine in his home country.
The General Medical Council banned the doctor because of numerous ethical lapses and implementation of invasive treatment procedures. The 53-year-old doctor stopped practicing in Britain in 2004 and moved to Texas, USA, where he founded a medical center that examines developmental disorders in children.
According to Dr. Wakefield, the common vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella given to children can cause autism. His hypothesis is supported by some other medics in Britain and by numerous parents. As the information about the link between the vaccine and autism grew more popular among parents, the usage of the vaccine dropped significantly and there was a sharp increase in cases of measles.
Despite Dr. Wakefield’s claim, scientists haven’t been able to prove that vaccines are responsible for the development of autism.