Views & Reviews Review of the Week

The appliance of science

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 29 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1713
  1. Beth Hibbert, year 11, Latymer School, London
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    Dramatising the issues concerning clinical trials can switch a new generation on to their benefits, finds Beth Hibbert

    I had no idea what to expect when I arrived at a side room of the Royal Albert Hall last Sunday. I was seeing a production by the Y Touring theatre company, a group set up by Central YMCA in 1989 to explore the often difficult issues in the areas of health, sex education, and the ethics of science in an interesting and interactive way. Being a massive fan of drama myself, but not quite bursting with enthusiasm for science, I was dubious about how the two subjects could join together and, well, work.

    Y Touring have several plays touring UK schools at the moment. I saw Starfish, by Judith Johnson, which sets out to explore the issues surrounding clinical trials. I knew nothing about clinical trials when I arrived, and …

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