Views & Reviews In and Out of Hospital

Who needs press releases?

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6638 (Published 24 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6638
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}leeds.ac.uk

Every morning I receive an emailed list of stories that are making the news in women’s health. Clicking on links brings up the printed pages, but I rarely bother. Once you’ve read the précis you could write the headline yourself.

I used to be media spokesman for a royal college, hence the daily updates. It was exciting to be on the front line, facing salvos of questions whenever a story broke. Sometimes a platoon of us would be dispatched to …

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