Views And Reviews

Three sides of “the box”

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6950.346 (Published 30 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:346
  1. D Bradley

    The BMJ usually commissions reviews of television programmes from objective and uninvolved outsiders. This reviewer is not one of them, but someone who was consulted during the making of the programme, transiently appears in it, watched it from the viewpoint of a non- professional viewer, and then had to help with clearing up some of the fallout. I hope the result is many sided, and not two-faced.

    “Dying for a Holiday” - and how could any producer resist using such a title once it was suggested? - dealt with the malaria risks to tourists in Kenya and also the Gambia. Kenya was the right choice: 40% of fatal malaria cases in Britain are contracted there. The programme had located relatives of four of those who had died as well as several patients who had recovered. Mrs Guy, in speaking of …

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