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Letters Health anxiety

Health anxiety in children and parents

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2891 (Published 24 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2891

Beware of Scare-Care


Scare-care is a poor substitute for healthcare. Healthcare experts who manufacture public hysteria about controversial issues, without acknowledging the legitimacy of opposing points of view, are not advancing public health. Healthcare is not monolithic, and there are legitimate questions about such sacred cows as vaccines, statins, antibiotics, tranquilizers, antidepressants, and global warming (climate change). Healthcare requires balance and fairness, not bias or fear.


Competing interests: No competing interests

02 June 2016
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA