Alternative allergy and the General Medical Council.

Abstract:

:In July 1992 Dr Keith Mumby, a clinical ecologist, appeared before the professional conduct committee of the General Medical Council on five charges to do with his practice of clinical ecology. He was found guilty of two of the charges--touting for publicity and failing to give a patient adequate medical attention--and admonished. The GMC failed, however, to address the issue of the nature of Mumby's treatments--clinical ecology itself. This is based on the idea that some patients are unusually susceptible to their environment, the diagnosis and treatment are based on an unstandardised provocation-neutralisation test. A variety of medical bodies have failed to find scientific foundation for the technique. The GMC's policy on advertising services to patients is inconsistent, and in this case it has shown a regrettable reluctance to deal with the issue of treatments that are not scientifically validated.

journal_name

BMJ

authors

Kay AB

doi

10.1136/bmj.306.6870.122

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

1993-01-09 00:00:00

pages

122-4

issue

6870

eissn

0959-8138

issn

1756-1833

journal_volume

306

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