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

Emma S McBryde
Med J Aust 2012; 196 (10): 628.
doi:
10.5694/mja12.10684

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.

Emma S McBryde, Head of Epidemiology
Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Melbourne Health, Melbourne, VIC.
Article References: 
Reference Text: 
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.
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1
PubMed ID: 
22188466
Reference Text: 
Gawler I. You can conquer cancer. 1st ed. Rochester: Thorsons, 1986.
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2
Reference Text: 
Gawler I. Timeline errors undermine hypothesis; “famous patient” did have secondary osteogenic sarcoma and tuberculosis. Intern Med J 2012; 42: 472-474.
Reference Order: 
3
PubMed ID: 
22498126
Reference Text: 
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.
Reference Order: 
4
PubMed ID: 
19061466
Reference Text: 
Gawler R. Lack of adherence to scientific principles of objectivity. Intern Med J 2012; 42: 475-476.
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5
PubMed ID: 
22498128

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