The MJA and Gawler: a case of self-censorship?

Emma S McBryde
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10684
Published online: 4 June 2012

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 ( and in his book2 to support meditation and dietary interventions as cancer therapy. Publication of the article was subsequent to initial submission to the Medical Journal of Australia, whose editors at first accepted the article but later rejected it on the grounds that Gawler did not consent to publication of the study.3 Could the editors of the MJA please inform its readers and authors why they chose to reject the article?

  • Emma S McBryde

  • Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Melbourne Health, Melbourne, VIC.


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