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Netherlands to crack down on complementary medicine

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:485
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    The Netherlands is considering tougher laws on practitioners of complementary medicine after government health inspectors who were investigating the death from breast cancer in 2001 of the actress and comedienne Sylvia Millecam severely criticised her treatment.

    The investigators found that alternative practitioners contradicted the diagnosis of breast cancer made by her doctors and offered her instead the prospect of a cure with “unfounded methods of treatment.”

    The report concluded that “various individual carers” had “offered such irresponsible care” that disciplinary action or criminal proceedings are likely. Their role prevented a cure or an extension of Ms Millecam's life, …

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