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Cancer patients at risk from inaccurate clinical reporting in a high-profile alternative treatment story: comments and corrections

Grace O Gawler
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (6): 371-373.

To the Editor: I would like to correct some inaccuracies in an article by Jelinek and Gawler in the December 2008 issue of the Journal about a survivor of disseminated osteosarcoma.1

Grace O Gawler, Director
Supportive Care, Integrated Cancer Solutions, Gold Coast, QLD.
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