Newspaper hype

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1163b (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1163

Journalists should look beyond the medical literature

  1. Rita Carter
  1. Freelance journalist The Priest House, Little Chart, Near Ashford, Kent TN27 0QF

    EDITOR,—Richard Smith's criticism1 of the article about hyperbaric oxygen treatment that I wrote recently for the Independent2 is unfair.

    Firstly, the weary tone of his comment “hyperbaric oxygen is for sale—yet again” is inappropriate. I was writing for a general readership, and most lay people have never heard of hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Its use in cases of brain injury has not, to my knowledge, been written about in …

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