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Monday, January 11, 2010

Doctor 'misled' MS patients with 'bogus' stem cell treatment

January 11, 2010

A doctor duped a group of multiple sclerosis sufferers into taking an alleged stem cell therapy despite no evidence that it worked, a disciplinary hearing was told.

Nine men and women, the majority of whom were suffering from the ''progressive and aggressive'' form of the disabling neurological disease, consulted Dutch-trained Dr Robert Trossel in the ''desperate'' hope they could achieve a marked improvement in their health.

The sufferers who travelled to his clinic in Rotterdam raised thousands of pounds to fund the therapy but there was ''no evidence'' that the substance injected into them by Dr Trossel contained stem cells or that it was fit for human use, the General Medical Council in London heard.

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