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Santone acquitted in Genoa, Bassetti: “A country that prefers to be treated by scoundrels has no future”

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Santone acquitted in Genoa, Bassetti: “A country that prefers to be treated by scoundrels has no future”

Infectious Disease Specialist Speaks Out Against Court Decision in Holistic Center Case

Infectious disease specialist Matteo Bassetti, director of the Infectious Diseases Clinic of the San Martino hospital in Genoa, has spoken out against a recent court decision that has caused outrage in the medical community.

After the acquittal, by the Court of Appeal of Genoa, of Paolo Bendinelli, “guru” of the Anidra holistic center, who was convicted in the first instance for the death of Roberta Repetto, a 40-year-old from Genoa who died in 2020 from a melanoma that was treated with herbs and herbal teas, Bassetti took to social media to express his frustration.

Bassetti stated, “A country that prefers to be treated by gurus and scoundrels, rather than by serious doctors and scientists, is a country with no future. Then don’t be surprised that many high-level doctors and researchers are leaving Italy.”

He continued by recounting the tragic story of Roberta Repetto, who had undergone surgery on a kitchen table at the Anidra holistic center without anesthesia or examinations. She was reassured that the pain she felt was the result of a “spiritual purification”, to be treated with meditation and herbal teas.

After a year and a half, Repetto was hospitalized for a very serious form of melanoma that had metastasized, and unfortunately, there was nothing left to do.

Bassetti expressed his disbelief at the court’s decision, stating, “Maximum respect for the sentence and for the judiciary, but as a doctor I am truly speechless. The aim of science is not so much to open the doors to infinite knowledge, but to place a barrier to infinite ignorance.”

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The acquittal of Bendinelli, who was originally sentenced to 3 years and 4 months, has drawn criticism from the medical community, with Bassetti’s strong words highlighting the divide between holistic and traditional medical practices.

This case has reignited the debate on the regulation and oversight of holistic and alternative health practices, as well as the importance of evidence-based medical treatment.

As the fallout from this decision continues, it raises important questions about the responsibility of practitioners of alternative medicine and the need for clear guidelines and regulations to protect patients from potentially harmful treatments.

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