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Doctor fired for 'anal massage' technique

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10:57 CEST+02:00
A Swedish doctor who has previously been cautioned in Sweden for using a controversial 'anal massage' technique to cure various kinds of pain has been fired from his job in Norway - for the second time.

A council in the Nord-Tröndelag area dismissed the doctor after only two weeks, when they realised that he was the same man who hit the headlines last year when another local authority fired him.

The man, who also runs a private clinic in Gothenburg, described his dismissal as part of a witch-hunt against him, and said that his technique is successful.

Several years ago, the man was warned by Sweden's Medical Responsibility Board (HSAN) on at least three occasions, after treating an elderly woman's headaches and back pain with his method. At the time he was working in the Stockholm area.

The Norwegian counterpart to HSAN has already had cause to warn the man after he delivered a load of Swedish jokes to a group of Norwegians who were mourning a death.

The man considers himself misunderstood.

"I have a personality disorder, or rather a syndrome, a form of Aspergers. Just like Bill Gates or Einstein, for example," said the man in a recent interview with Aftonbladet.

"I have made it impossible for myself within the healthcare sector because I behave childishly sometimes. I am different, but cleverer."

HSAN examined the research literature which the doctor used to support his use of his anal massage technique, but found that his treatment contradicted "scientific, tried and tested experience".

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