Connect
MJA
MJA

Lambeth doctors

Paul Gerber
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (7): 422-422. || doi: 10.5694/mja11.20923
Published online: 3 October 2011

Readers who may contemplate referring patients to practitioners of complementary medicine may be interested in the fate of Dr Frederick Axham. He was an English anaesthetist, who was struck off the medical register for medical malpractice in 1911 at the urging of the General Medical Council, having been found guilty of “covering” (ie, professionally assisting a person not on the medical register). Axham had — despite dire warnings — anaesthetised eight patients of Herbert Barker, a renowned bone setter (now a lost art), who had successfully set and stabilised the complex fractures of seven of these eight patients whose fractures had been found to be inoperable by a number of eminent surgeons.

  • Paul Gerber

  • Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

Correspondence: paul.gerber1@bigpond.com

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.

Author

remove_circle_outline Delete Author
add_circle_outline Add Author

Comment
Do you have any competing interests to declare? *

I/we agree to assign copyright to the Medical Journal of Australia and agree to the Conditions of publication *
I/we agree to the Terms of use of the Medical Journal of Australia *
Email me when people comment on this article

Responses are now closed for this article.