To the Editor: An important and controversial article authored by Haines and Lowenthal1 was recently published in the Internal Medicine Journal. The authors challenged evidence used by Ian Gawler on his website (iangawler.com) and in his book2 to support meditation and dietary interventions as cancer therapy.
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The MJA and Gawler: a case of self-censorship?
Emma S McBryde
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (10): 628.
Emma S McBryde, Head of Epidemiology
Haines IE, Lowenthal RM. Hypothesis. The importance of a histological diagnosis when diagnosing and treating advanced cancer. Famous patient recovery may not have been from metastatic disease. Intern Med J 2012; 42: 212-216.
Gawler I. You can conquer cancer. 1st ed. Rochester: Thorsons, 1986.
Gawler I. Timeline errors undermine hypothesis; “famous patient” did have secondary osteogenic sarcoma and tuberculosis. Intern Med J 2012; 42: 472-474.
Jelinek GA, Gawler RH. Thirty-year follow-up at pneumonectomy of a 58-year-old survivor of disseminated osteosarcoma. Med J Aust 2008; 189: 663-665.
Gawler R. Lack of adherence to scientific principles of objectivity. Intern Med J 2012; 42: 475-476.
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