Views And Reviews

Charlatans and sharks

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6927.543 (Published 19 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:543
  1. C Sonnex

    Channel 4 Undercover Britain: “Preying on Hope” 8 February

    The ill have always been vulnerable to exploitation and it seems that the quacks and charlatans, so familiar to us from stories of old, continue to prey on those who seek “cures” beyond conventional medicine. Channel 4's Undercover Britain programme focused on Mark, a young man with AIDS, and provided a poignant, disturbing insight into modern day exploitation. Through the hidden camera and microphone we were treated to glimpses of such men (and they were all men) at work.

    Non-conventional treatments for HIV infection abound. This is to be expected for, although we can ward off and …

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