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Cell therapy: a cruel and dangerous deception. A drama in three acts.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2257179     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
'Cell therapy' is a long-standing quack remedy used in Germany and adjacent countries. Organ extracts from fetal or young animals, fresh or lyophilized, are injected, with the intention of achieving 'cure' or at least 'treatment' of postulated organ deficiencies or failures. In Germany and in Australia 'cell therapy' has been administered in Down syndrome, cancer and for traumatic and other brain injuries. The preparation is banned in Germany, and can be lawfully imported into Australia only with express Ministerial permission. Even so its illicit use has been widespread. Morbidity and mortality have been reported since 1956, mostly in the German literature. There is a finite risk of infection with slow viruses of animal origin. This possibility should be considered in otherwise unexplained spongiform encephalopathy or leuco-encephalitis. Legal problems are considerable when quack practitioners (medically qualified or otherwise) administer such a preparation to children or legally incompetent adults.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of paediatrics and child health     Volume:  26     ISSN:  1034-4810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  1990 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-01-29     Completed Date:  1991-01-29     Revised Date:  2007-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005421     Medline TA:  J Paediatr Child Health     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  197-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Julia Farr Centre, Fullarton, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Nostrums / adverse effects,  therapeutic use*
Organotherapy* / adverse effects
Quackery / legislation & jurisprudence*
Slow Virus Diseases / transmission
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