HC Deb 12 May 1949 vol 464 c1991
28. Dr. Segal

asked the Minister of Health whether he will report on the claims of Dr. Klemme, in America, to have cured cases of Parkinson's disease by operative treatment; and whether these claims have been substantiated.

Mr. Bevan

My advice is that the methods are well known, but that their general adoption is not justified on present experience.

Dr. Segal

In view of the exaggerated hopes which have been raised in the minds of some patients by statements in certain sections of the Press will he appoint a Commission of Inquiry to make a definite statement about this method of treatment?

Mr. Bevan

If I appointed a Commission of Inquiry every time a newspaper made exaggerated claims for some particular form of health or therapy I would have a series of commissions running all the time.

Mr. Francis Noel-Baker

Is my right hon. Friend aware that Dr. Voeller in Germany has had similar claims made about him, and that there are a large number of people desperately anxious for facilities to go to Germany to take this treatment? Will my right hon. Friend have the claims investigated and, if they prove to be substantiated, make representations to the Treasury to give facilities to people to attend.

Mr. Bevan

This, of course, is another claim entirely of a different kind. I have already said, if my memory serves me correctly, in answer to a Question a little while ago, that I was having the German claim investigated.

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