Dr Andrew Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath, is an academic gastroenterologist. He received his medical degree from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London) in 1981, one of the third generation of his family to have studied medicine at that teaching hospital.
In his prologue to Callous Disregard (2010), Wakefield states:
If autism does not affect your family now, it will. If something does not change—and change soon — this is almost a mathematical certainty. This book affects you also. It is not a parochial look at a trivial medical spat in the United Kingdom, but dispatches from the battlefront in a major confrontation — a struggle against compromise in medicine, corruption of science, and a real and present threat to children in the interests of policy and profit. It is a story of how ‘the system’ deals with dissent among its doctors and scientists.
In the pursuit of possible links between childhood vaccines, intestinal inflammation, and neurological injury in children, Wakefield lost his job in London’s Royal Free Hospital, his country of birth, his career, and his medical license. A General Medical Council ruling stated that he was “dishonest, irresponsible and showed callous disregard for the distress and pain of children.” Maligned by the medical establishment and mainstream media, Wakefield endeavours to set the record straight in Callous Disregard. While explaining what really happened, he challenges the organisations and individuals that are acting not for the sake of children affected by autism, but in their own self-interests.
In this video (February 2011), as in his book, Dr Wakefield defends his work in this rebuttal to Brian Deer’s article appearing in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). He discusses the original case study of 12 children who were suspected of regressing into autism after receiving the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and why he stands by that original study.
The book is available at the website, Callous Disregard, and at online retailers and bookstores.