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Doctors who offered “magic potions” found guilty of serious professional misconduct

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7474.1066-f (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1066
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    Two doctors accused of seducing cancer patients away from conventional treatments with a cocktail of potentially dangerous “magic potions” were this week found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council.

    Dr Paul Layman was suspended for a year, and his junior medical adviser, Dr Jason Schreiber, had conditions imposed on his registration for 18 months. During that period he may work only at an NHS hospital under a mentor.

    The two men offered a range of unproved complementary medicines at the private Brackendene Clinic, Wiltshire, the GMC's Professional Conduct Committee heard.

    They also gave patients …

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