Newspaper hypeBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1163b (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1163
Journalists should look beyond the medical literature
- Rita Carter
- Freelance journalist The Priest House, Little Chart, Near Ashford, Kent TN27 0QF
EDITOR,—Richard Smith's criticism1 of the article about hyperbaric oxygen treatment that I wrote recently for the Independent2 is unfair.
Firstly, the weary tone of his comment “hyperbaric oxygen is for sale—yet again” is inappropriate. I was writing for a general readership, and most lay people have never heard of hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Its use in cases of brain injury has not, to my knowledge, been written about in …