Medicine And The Media

Pressure to entertain

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.238 (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:238
  1. Malcolm Aylett

    The all too familiar problem of television having to be entertaining first and informative second was epitomised by this peak hour programme, shown after Coronation Street.

    World in Action is known for its polished, stimulating, and racy productions, and this one was no exception. We were introduced to “white coat hypertension” by a series of examples of stressful stimuli ending up with, yes, the doctor. The concept that the specific stress of the consulting room can raise the blood pressure and that white coat hypertension remains largely undiagnosed was then well presented.

    Three patients told us of …

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