Medicine And The Media

Cure or curse?

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.633 (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:633
  1. Douglas Carnal

    How wonderful it would be to hear the birds sing—a cochlear implant can do that for you. Intractable epilepsy? Remove the focus surgically—a miracle: no more fits. Short? No problem, let's break your legs and make them longer.

    Is this the bottom line that people with disability might carry round in their heads after seeing media coverage of a new medical technique that could help them? The broadcast media and the tabloid press are often accused of oversimplification in their well intentioned mission to explain, but the makers of Channel 4's Inside Out programme “After the cure” should be commended for challenging the mode.

    Doctors know that people cope in varying degrees with their disability. Medical viewers of this programme …

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