I’m really pleased Russ Roberts stepped outside of his usual economics beat, to talk with Brian Deer on Autism, Vaccination, and Scientific Fraud about the Andrew Wakefield controversy. It’s a real public service.
Before Deer’s inquiries, Wakefield had appeared to all the world to be an independent, if controversial, researcher. Tall and square-headed, with hooded eyes and a booming voice, he was the son of doctors (a neurologist and a family practitioner), had grown up in Bath, a prosperous, west-of-England spa town, and joined the Royal Free in November 1988, after training in Toronto, Canada. His demeanour was languid – he was privately educated – and, born in 1956, he was a lingering example of the presumed honour of the upper middle class.