Dr. Wallace Sampson, long-time antiquackery leader, dead at 85

Dr. Wallace Sampson, long-time antiquackery leader, dead at 85

Wallace I. Sampson, M.D., a cancer specialist who devoted considerable time and energy to fighting quackery since the 1970s, has died following a 3-month hospital stay for complications of cardiac surgery. During the 1980s, he chaired the California Cancer Advisory Council, which was a major force in combating cancer frauds in that state. He also served as Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, board chairman of the National Council Against Health Fraud (1990-1998) and editor of the journal Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine. He frequently expressed alarm at the infiltration of pseudoscientific teachings into medical schools and argued eloquently that the NIH Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine should be abolished.


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