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Published in: Vol. 5, No. 4
Category: Letters to the Editor

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Donald A. Sandweiss, MD


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Anomalous Improvement

I AM WRITING IN REGARD TO THE CASE REPORT IN THE Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine attributing an apparent cure of glioblastoma multiforme to psychic healing.1 The medical history of this child is consistent with anomalous improvement. Anomalous improvement refers to the clinical course of treated or untreated disease that is significantly more favorable than historical patterns. Anomalous improvement of rapidly fatal malignant disease covers a spectrum of disease progression that includes: slowed progression, stability, regression with persistence, remission with recurrence, and remission with apparent cure. The patient under discussion falls into the last category.

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