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Living Proof: A Medical Mutiny

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 06 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:855
  1. Ross Camidge (, clinical lecturer in cancer therapeutics.
  1. Edinburgh Cancer Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

    Michael Gearin-Tosh

    Scribner, £14.99, pp 327 ISBN 0 7432 0677 0

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    A series of articles about Living Proof and its author—an Oxford English tutor “battling” myeloma through diet rather than chemotherapy—appeared recently in the Times. Any doctor reading them could be forgiven for prejudging Gearin-Tosh as an academic revealing nothing more than his ignorance of bell-shaped survival curves (which show that it's totally possible to live longer than the average and still not be cured). Yet one message to glean from both the press coverage and this …

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