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The Health Education of the Public
As might have been expected, Sir Thomas Horder's proposal, made at a meeting held at the home of the British Medical Association, that articles on health in the lay press should emanate from a representative committee, whose personnel might be published from time to time so as to assure the public that it was competent for the purpose, has not met with the approval of editors. Under such captions as "Committee Journalism" and "Muzzling the Doctor," this proposal is attacked in the press. The medical expert who gives his knowledge to humanity through the columns of the newspapers, lending his name and reputation to add weight to what he writes, is described as serving a useful purpose. Horder's proposal is described as practically censorship, to which experts would object. Moreover, the public would insist on knowing who preaches to them and what is his
LONDON. JAMA. 1926;87(20):1658–1659. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680200058018