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Medical fiction could be misleading

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1132
  1. Roberto Manfredini, professor of emergency medicine (
  1. First Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Ferrara Medical School, 1-44100 Ferrara, Italy

    EDITOR—Medical fiction series undoubtedly have a deep impact on people. As mentioned by Collee, millions of viewers are so dependent on television that it has become their main source of information.1 Though some concern may result from the possibility of encouraging harmful behaviour, as discussed by Hawton et al,2 there are other medical issues.

    As a professor of emergency medicine, I know very well the everyday reality of emergency physicians. I agree with Collee: “If things …

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