Medicine: Campaign of Fear?

Cancer propaganda is supposed to educate the public, but what it actually does is scare people. So said Psychiatrist Daniel Blain last week. Dr. Blain, medical director of the American Psychiatric Association, told the American Cancer Society's annual meeting in Manhattan that its propaganda was "big club" stuff, largely based on fear. Even the warnings that are meant to be reassuring, said he, ask the layman to look for symptoms of a disease "that may be a death sentence."

From the society's own pamphlets, Dr. Blain culled some grim gems: "No one is safe from cancer." "Cancer is the greatest and cruelest...

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