Medicine And The Media

Uncomfortable entertainment

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 08 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:946
  1. Alison Tonks

    The seventh Edinburgh International Science Festival opened last week with two radio debates, recorded for later broadcast by BBC Radio Scotland. The first, “Through the smoke screen,” aimed to discuss conflicting public health advice about lifestyle, diet, and smoking; the second, “Eugenics by the back door,” focused on the rights and wrongs of screening for genetic diseases. The Science Museum in collaboration with Radio Scotland invited a cross section of thinkers and doers essential to any kind of debate about science and the public. Lawyers, moral philosophers, churchmen, epidemiologists, geneticists, family doctors, and freelance consultants to the tobacco industry (just one) packed the small recording studio. The evening's entertainment was also open to the public, the organisers hoping, no doubt, for a healthy …

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