Intended for healthcare professionals

Feature Christmas 2010: Reading between the Lines

How the growth of denialism undermines public health

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 14 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6950

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, tranquilizers,
antidepressants, and global warming (climate change). Healthcare requires
balance and fairness, not bias and fear.

Competing interests: No competing interests

05 January 2011
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA