Medicine And The Media

Living with uncertainty

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 22 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1618
  1. Thurstan Brewin

    A group of attractive young adults is meeting for the first time. They are told to shake hands—twice—with the person standing next to them and to introduce themselves. So they do this. They all look very fit. They have to be, for they are starting a week's adventure course. Then suddenly—wait for it—a soft dramatic voice tells us, “These people have only one thing in common—cancer.”

    Before the programme is over, we are going to see them facing the challenge of various tasks, many with a spice of danger—balancing precariously high up in trees, albeit wearing a safety harness; tackling what looks like an assault course for commandos; going up in gliders; and sleeping in hammocks on an old sailing barge. They …

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