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BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 13 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4209

Italian doctor who substituted herbal remedy to treat boy with cystic fibrosis faces manslaughter charge: Antonella Scandellari, Bologna’s public prosecutor, intends to press charges against Guido Sartori, a doctor who is a prominent advocate of ayurvedic medicine, for allegedly substituting an ayurvedic preparation for antibiotics and cortisone in the treatment of a 6 year old boy with cystic fibrosis. The boy later died. Dr Sartori claims that the boy’s parents sought the alternative remedy because the …

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