The Press: Doctor's Advice

Ever since the story of medicine began to move from obscure technical journals into the popular press, doctors and newsmen have clashed over what medical news was fit to print. As a result, the feud has often broken out in a rash of errors and ill feeling. To clear up the sore spots between physicians and reporters, Dr. Francis T. Hodges, a general practitioner who also edits the California-Western Academy Monthly, wrote out a prescription in the current issue.

Newspapers are often no more guilty of inaccurate reporting, said Dr. Hodges, than doctors are of making the wrong diagnosis. When a...