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Ebola: new outbreak appears in Congo a week after epidemic was declared over

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3421 (Published 07 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3421

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

08 August 2018
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA