What duty has the press to keep the public informed of medical advances?
This knotty question quite often causes misunderstanding among doctors, medical research workers and journalists. A man of caution, the sincere researcher wants to
check & recheck his finding for
years before he lets anybody know about it. He has often seen sensational reporting cause people to suffer false hopes. All in all, his life is easier if he avoids the outside world and its press.
Some professional associations reinforce this tendency by failing to understand the difference between publicity-seeking or advertising and the release of valuable medical information. If it weren't for...