Medicine And The Media

Anecdotes on asthma

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 14 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1031
  1. John Rees, consultant physician, Guy's Hospital.
  1. London

    Channel 4's Cutting Edge on 9 October dealt with the problems of severe asthma. The programme featured a patient in a severe attack, two deaths, chronic severe asthma in two boys, and brittle asthma treated by subcutaneous infusion of terbutaline. Its message was that asthma can be fatal and lives can be ruined. It failed to take things any further.

    The series title Cutting Edge gives the impression of scientific discovery hot out of the test tubes. The news here was the …

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