Medicine And The Media

A government health warning

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6982.811a (Published 25 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:811
  1. Jem Berry

    Cot death is an easy target for journalists looking for a story. A recent Cook Report (yes, the man who wedges doors open with his foot) implicated antimony poisoning from cot mattresses as a major cause of cot death. The result, public confusion and immeasurable distress for parents of cot death babies, was reflected in more than 6000 calls to a cot death helpline. It was with misgivings that I watched yet another film about sudden infant death syndrome.

    The programme opened with a harrowing recording of a mother's 999 call, played over a reconstruction of the ambulance dash to her home. This was followed by an interview with some recently bereaved parents whose simple eloquence spoke …

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