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Keeping up appearances

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:770
  1. Naomi Marks, freelance journalist
  1. Brighton

    Media medics reflect broadcasters' growing preference for youth and beauty

    If you think that policemen are getting younger these days, have you taken a look at the new breed of media medics?

    As naturalist David Attenborough has squeezed up to make room for Charlotte Uhlenbroek and the pulling power of gardener Charlie Dimmock proved greater than that ever demonstrated by Percy Thrower, it seems now might be the time for the old school television doctor to give in graciously to those such as Dr Sophia Khalique.

    A 34 year old London-based private general practitioner, Dr Khalique is “personable, opinionated, and able to communicate—just the qualities for the perfect modern media doc,” says television producer Ife Okwaudili. “And oh yes,” adds Okwaudili, “of course, she looks great too.”

    Dr Khalique is making her media debut as the resident doctor on daytime talkshow Loose Lips, which launched this week on satellite channel Living TV. Once a week on the hour-long show, co-presented by Melinda Messenger (best known for her semiclad appearances …

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