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Hear the Silence

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1411
  1. David Elliman, consultant in community child health (,
  2. Helen Bedford, lecturer in child health
  1. St George's Hospital, London
  2. Institute of Child Health, London

    A forthcoming drama about the MMR controversy has angered many doctors. A general practitioner and two child health experts, who have all seen a preview, explain why

    Channel 5, 15 December at 9 pm

    Hear the Silence attempts to be to the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine what the campaigning film Cathy Come Home was to homelessness. However, it fails in that it takes a blatantly one sided approach to the issue.

    On one level the film is an accurate portrayal of the extreme difficulties of looking after a child with autism and the obstacles in the way of getting appropriate educational provision. It shows the unbearable strain …

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