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[Correspondence] Treatment false advertisement in China: a tragedy

On April 12, 2016, a 21-year-old man died in China, generating many reactions and questions. He had been diagnosed in 2014 with synovial sarcoma, a malignant tumour with no effective therapies.1,2 He searched for a treatment strategy on Baidu—the largest Chinese language search engine. An attractive therapeutic method based on bioimmunotherapy3 was displayed as the first search result, and brought hope for the patient and his family. After four treatment sessions, the family had spent most of their money, but the patient died.

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