A report from the World Health Organization Product Development for Vaccine Advisory Committee (PDVAC) “There are approximately 600 vaccine candidates in development against an estimated 110 pathogens…as the routine immunization schedule expands, it becomes increasingly important to have strong, evidence-based justification for investing in the development of new vaccines with a high likelihood of success.”…

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In his article in the BMJ, “Psychiatry in crisis? Dr. Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ (British Medical Journal) summarizes the message delivered by several speakers at a meeting also convened in June 2016. This meeting took place in Leiden, the Netherlands; it focused on some of psychiatry’s serious failings and it was attended…

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Child psychiatrists at the annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in Atlanta, in May 2016, called for “big solutions to improving child mental health care,” recommending an aggressive drug algorithm approach for children. (Psychiatric News, June 16, 2016) This is a not very subtle effort to resuscitate the notorious drug marketing scheme initiated and…

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The case against Andrew Wakefield was funded by Murdoch; hatched by Brian Deer; launched in the Sunday Times; magnified by the BMJ Brian Deer is a freelance reporter who was paid by the Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times to “find something big about MMR.” His strategy of attack followed the Murdoch journalistic modus operandi,  which a…

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“The medical crimes of the Third Reich were the result of a dynamic triad involving the state, the medical profession, and an academic enterprise comprising the universities and the research institutes.” (Seidelman, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 2000) Germany was the birthplace of modern medicine in the early 20th century. The vocabulary of medicine is replete…

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Nancy Olivieri

Nancy Olivieri, MD is widely recognized as one of the preeminent crusaders for research integrity, best interest of patient, academic freedom and as a critic of the ever-expanding corporate influence at universities. She has demonstrated great courage — at great sacrifice — when she acted in accordance with the physician’s foremost moral obligation to protect…

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Maurice Henry Pappworth

Maurice Henry Pappworth, MD, (1910–1994) was, by any standard, a controversial figure. “A life-long outsider he chose an unconventional career path as a private medical tutor rather than accept anything less than his first job choice — a consultant post in a London teaching hospital.” By all accounts he was rejected because he was a…

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Jacob Puliyel, MD

Jacob Puliyel, MD, MRCP, M Phil, heads pediatrics at St. Stephens Hospital Delhi, India, and member of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) of the Government of India. Dr. Puliyel leads a group of concerned pediatricians, health care activists, teachers in Public Health and public officials who challenge ill-conceived national vaccine policies. Such…

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Richard Smith

Richard Smith, MD. Former Editor British Medical Journal (BMJ), a founder member of the Committee on Publication Ethics, a trustee of the UK Research Integrity Office. Dr. Smith is a fervent critic of current research and publication practices. In a provocative recent article in Times Higher Education (2015) he states, “It is paradoxical and ironic…

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“No name in contemporary English medicine is greeted with such polarized reactions as that of Dr. Andrew Wakefield” *read: L’affaire Wakefield: Shades of Dreyfus & BMJ’s Descent into Tabloid Science Andrew Wakefield, MD, an academic gastroenterologist, trained at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, the fourth generation of his family to do so. He practiced medicine as…

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