Medicine And The Media

Blood relatives

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7004.576 (Published 26 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:576
  1. Peter Hamilton, consultant haematologist
  1. Newcastle upon Tyne Peter Hamilton

    Channel 4 has made a brave attempt to capture the anguish of sufferers of sickle cell disease, emphasising the difficulties they face in getting adequate care during painful crises and their feelings of general helplessness that no one seems able or even willing to help them. The 25 minute programme opened with images of black children playing in the park with a voiceover from a mother relating the problems she experienced trying to bring up a sick child. From then on, a chorus of articulate young black sickle cell patients told us …

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