Is this journalism that makes a difference?BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7398.1093 (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1093
- Geoff Watts, freelance medical journalist
Whenever its topic is medico-scientific, BBC Television's Panorama can induce the odd feeling of having slipped back in time. Back to a period before the advent of evidence based medicine; before, indeed, the advent of science itself. Back to a world where basic concepts such as risk, probability, coincidence, biological variation, and the nature of cause and effect seem unaccountably to have vanished-and left behind only anecdote, suspicion, and inference. I had that feeling last October when watching Panorama on “The Secrets of Seroxat” (BMJ 2002;325: 910/
Last weekend's follow up, “Seroxat: E-mails from the Edge” (BBC 1, 11 May at 10 15 pm), was prompted by the unprecedented response to its predecessor: a record 1400 emails and 67 000 phone calls. The earlier programme told of a shifty, rapacious drug …
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