Medical Scientists and Health News Reporting: A Case of Miscommunication

The public is poorly served by the coverage of medical science in the general press.Scientists and physicians blame the press, claiming that journalists are careless in their reporting, subject to competitive pressures, and ignorant of the scientific process

Miriam Shuchman

2013

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  • The public is poorly served by the coverage of medical science in the general press.Scientists and physicians blame the press, claiming that journalists are careless in their reporting, subject to competitive pressures, and ignorant of the scientific process
  • Promises of miracles: news releases go where journals fear to tread; a double standard in reports to the public and the experts

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