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Complainant Name:
Dr Alan Clemens, Chairman of the Association of Osteomyology

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mercury


Dr Alan Clemens, Chairman of the Association of Osteomyology, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article contained various inaccuracies, which were repeated in the commentary to footage which accompanied the online article. The article had been published in the print version of the newspaper in April 2009 and remained online.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online footage and the publication of the following online clarification:

Our article of 19 April 2009 (Bogus West Brom osteopath opens new clinics - and they are legal) reported that American Alan Clemens had invented the word "osteomyology" as a joke. We now understand that this is incorrect. Dr Clemens, who is English, did not develop the name as a joke. The article also stated that anyone could set themselves up as an osteomyologist. We would like to clarify that the Association of Osteomyology, of which Dr Clemens is Chairman, accepts only fully qualified practitioners who have obtained a professional qualification.

Date Published: 21/07/2011

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