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Medicine And The Media

Public therapy

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:238
  1. Tony Sheldon

    It has just gone six o'clock and on the Netherlands' RTL 4 programme Catherine a young couple, clearly upset, are relating the events surrounding the death of their 5 day old baby. Presenter Catherine Keijl stands holding a microphone and turns to a midwifery expert for comment. It is sensible, informative, and show business

    During the audience debate the camera pans in on the grim faces of the bereaved couple. Finally, Catherine turns to the camera to announce that after the break she will talk to another couple who lost their baby—cue the adverts and audience applause.

    Later that same evening Violet Falkenberg, presenter of Rondom Tien (“About 10 o'clock”), broadcast by the Netherlands 1 channel, stands interviewing, in turn, children of parents with psychiatric problems. Tales of domestic trauma are …

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