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BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 16 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:0

Seeking solutions from the public

There is a theme in this week's journal that is almost hidden: how many important changes in medicine come not from professional cunning but from public pressure. Firstly, a series of papers adds to the growing evidence of how the “new” air pollution - most of it derived from vehicles - has serious effects on health (p 661, 665, and 676). David Bates observes in an editorial how “after the infamous air pollution episode in December 1952 in London, it was public concern rather than pressure from the medical profession that led to the first clean air legislation in Britain (p 649).” He …

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