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No place for Mary Poppins

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 18 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b681
  1. Ike Iheanacho, editor, Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
  1. iiheanacho{at}

    Why hasn’t it been banned? It is, after all, a film stuffed with propaganda aimed at an impressionable audience. The fact that the charismatic heroine is such an expert in her field just makes things worse. Her charm, good humour, and sparky intelligence are no compensation for her deeply subversive influence.

    Mary Poppins’ cheery assertion that “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down” should be more than enough to get her censored. Now that everyone knows “kids+excessive sucrose=dental caries”, it’s a wonder she can …

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