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Withdraw Saatchi’s quackery bill

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2974 (Published 29 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2974

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Re: Withdraw Saatchi’s quackery bill

There is one thing worse than controlled experimentation and that is uncontrolled experimentation.

There are many patients we can no longer help but there are none that we are incapable of hurting.

When patients are judged beyond cure they are never beyond compassionate care.

The supporters of the Bill seem to have overlooked these three simple principles of clinical practice.

In 45 years experience involved in clinical cancer research I have never once encountered the law as an impediment to innovation.

Competing interests: No competing interests

30 April 2014
Michael Baum
Professor emeritus of surgery
UCL
London NW11 6PT