Pathologist complains to BBC and Ofcom about her portrayal in television drama

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 01 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3927
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Waney Squier, a consultant paediatric neuropathologist seen as being in the “sceptic” camp on shaken baby syndrome, has filed complaints with the British Broadcasting Corporation and the UK media regulator Ofcom over the portrayal of a rogue pathologist in a television drama series that she says has damaged her reputation.

Squier believes that the fictional paediatric neuropathologist Helen Karamides in a two part episode of Silent Witness broadcast in April is based on her. Karamides, a sceptic about shaken baby syndrome, is portrayed as a doctor who makes wrong diagnoses, retains children’s brains for her own research, is …

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