Tan Qindong, an anaesthesiologist, had been jailed for three months for his criticism of a cure-all tonic targeted at retirees

A Chinese physician who spent almost 100 days in jail for criticising Chinese traditional medicine has issued an apology for “not thinking clearly”.

Tan Qindong, an anaesthesiologist in Guangzhou, emerged as a public hero earlier this year for going up against a traditional Chinese medicine company over its marketing of a tonic to Chinese retirees. He was detained for three months before being released on bail in April, in a case that sparked outcry among Chinese doctors and the general public.

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