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President Joko Widodo appointed Terawan Agus Putranto as health minister although a decision was once made to suspend his medical license as an ethical sanction. Terawan is believed to have violated a number of points in the Indonesian Medical Code of Ethics in connection with the practice of intra-arterial heparin flushing, known as ‘brain wash’. A team formed by the health ministry recommended for the practice to be put to an end. But the ‘brain wash’ procedure has continued until today. Terawan’s ethical sanctions, such as the suspensions of his Indonesian Doctors Association membership and medical license, were never implemented. Tempo and Tirto.id collaborated to study irregularities in Terawan’s method and dissertation.
Terawan Agus Putranto’s dissertation is suspected to contain numerous irregularities, including manipulated references. There is belief that his method does not meet the clinical criteria for stroke treatment.
Terawan Agus Putranto’s ‘brain wash’ method is not always successful. There is the placebo effect to consider.
The ‘brain wash’ therapy developed by Terawan attracts foreign patients. The procedure makes up RSPAD’s largest income.
Text: Raymundus Rikang