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Dutch doctors suspended for use of complementary medicine

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7547.929-a (Published 20 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:929
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Amsterdam Medical Disciplinary Tribunal has struck off one doctor and suspended two others for their exclusive use of complementary treatments—including “vegatests,” homoeopathic medicine, and food supplements—to treat Sylvia Millecam, the Dutch actor and comedian who died from breast cancer in 2001 at the age of 45 (BMJ 2004;328: 485).

    In the high profile test case for use of complementary medicine the doctors, who were not identified by the tribunal, were judged to have ignored existing standards for treating breast cancer, used unsatisfactory methods, and withheld information during their treatment of Ms Millecam. …

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