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Observations Medicine and the Media

Picture imperfect

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 17 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1659
  1. Manoj Padman, national paediatric orthopaedic fellow, Sheffield Children’s Hospital
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    What happened when a sharp eyed orthopaedic specialist used his medical knowledge to uncover the true story behind a photo on the front page of The Sunday Times?

    I am not your average newspaper addict, but once in a while, depending on the day of the week and the flavour of the month, I do pick up a broadsheet newspaper from my local grocer’s or from the coffee shop. On Sunday 29 June, with the unattractive prospect of being stuck in the hospital for another 24 hours, I decided to indulge myself in a cup of coffee from the cafe next door along with a copy of The Sunday Times. A cursory glance at the front page showed that Mugabe’s regime was wreaking yet more havoc in Zimbabwe. Accompanying the story was a picture of a child in plaster casts. I was keen to get to the sports pages and the Wimbledon news, but suddenly it struck me that …

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