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Medical advice in press is often unsuitable, sometimes dangerous

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:658
  1. Greg Basky
  1. Saskatoon, Canada

    Information dispensed in medical advice columns in newspapers is often inappropriate and sometimes dangerous, according to a recent Canadian study.

    Dr Frank Molnar, from the division of geriatric medicine at Ottawa Hospital's civic campus, and his colleagues found that the content in half of 50 advice columns randomly selected from a total of 109 Canadian English …

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