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Voodoo Medicine Still Going Strong: A Tale of Melanoma, Faith, and Failure

Mirjam Beyeler, MD; Keith Hoek, PhD; Reinhard Dummer, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2008;144(1):121-122. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2007.21.
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A diagnosis of metastatic disease represents a heavy burden for both patient and family, especially when the disease affects young patients. Subsequently, patients and their families are prepared to accept every possible option for treatment. Unfortunately, in desperation sometimes particularly dubious methods are pursued.

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