Medicine And The Media

Don't panic

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6966.1447 (Published 26 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1447
  1. Caroline Richmond

    The Making of Moral Panics Living Marxism conference 19 and 20 November

    I went to this conference with my heart in my boots. Organised by the Revolutionary Communist Party, “The Making of Moral Panics,” promised to realign 20 medical and social issues to fit a political straitjacket. Memories of a Marxist meeting on evolutionary theory came flooding back. I had slipped out of that conference when it got repetitive, and two bouncers had followed me out and tried to throw me back in. So it came as a pleasure and a revelation to go to a Marxist meeting on scientific and health scares and hear nothing (well, almost nothing) but good sense, delivered with good humour.

    A moral panic is an issue that arouses unnecessary worries. The 19 chosen topics included several with health themes, …

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