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'The Pathological Optimist' profiles a notorious anti-vaccination doctor

'The Pathological Optimist' profiles a notorious anti-vaccination doctor

Andrew Wakefield, the subject of Miranda Bailey’s documentary “The Pathological Optimist,” earned a special place in medical history — or hell, if you’re a science-believing parent of a vaccinated child — when he co-authored a controversial 1998 paper in the British journal the Lancet suggesting a link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism.

Though he sparked the anti-vaccination movement, the paper was found to be grossly flawed, was retracted, and suspicions surrounding the doctor’s motivations led to his license being revoked. Wakefield’s still a hero to a fierce subset of stricken moms with autistic children, however, despite repeated studies showing no...

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