Hopeful newspaper article was justifiedBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6953.543c (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:543
- N Hawkes
- Times, London E1 9XN.
EDITOR, - John R Petrie argues that an article by me in the Times drawing attention to a new cancer drug that is undergoing phase III trials in 26 centres in Britain and elsewhere in Europe is an example of “sensational reporting by poorly informed journalists.”1 Petrie is from Scotland; it is unfortunate that before writing his article he did not consult colleagues at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, all of which hospitals are participating in the phase III study of lithium gammalinolenate in pancreatic cancer.
It is also a pity that …
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