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UK and German media differ over complementary medicine

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 16 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:707
  1. E Ernst, director (,
  2. T Weihmayr, general practitioner
  1. Department of Complementary Medicine, School of Postgraduate Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX2 4NT
  2. Maillingerstrasse 3, 80636 Munich, Germany

    EDITOR—The media strongly influences the public's view of medical matters.1 Thus, we sought to determine the frequency and tone of reporting on medical topics in daily newspapers in the United Kingdom and Germany. The following eight newspapers were scanned for medical articles on eight randomly chosen working days in the summer of 1999: the Times, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, and the Guardian in the United Kingdom, and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, and Die Welt in Germany. All articles relating to medical topics were extracted …

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