Professor Baum’s rapid response to Margaret McCartney’s BMJ column ‘Withdraw Saatchi’s quackery bill’:
Re: Withdraw Saatchi’s quackery bill
30 April 2014
Professor Michael Baum, Emeritus Professor of Surgery UCL, London NW11 6PT
There is one thing worse than controlled experimentation and that is uncontrolled experimentation.
There are many patients we can no longer help but there are none that we are incapable of hurting.
When patients are judged beyond cure they are never beyond compassionate care.
The supporters of the Bill seem to have overlooked these three simple principles of clinical practice.
In 45 years experience involved in clinical cancer research I have never once encountered the law as an impediment to innovation.