Medicine is a vast and fertile field for news. It holds a leading rank in reader interest, its chief competitors being sex and crime. This is only what one should expect, as matters of health and sex appeal instinctively to all human beings. As a result, what with the newspapers, the radio and television and, alas, the medical advertisements, the public is beseiged by a mass of medical information, the evaluation and presentation of which calls for a broad and careful analysis.
The reporting of medical news, in general, is of a high order. Credit for this may be given to a number of eminent, experienced science writers in the newspaper and magazine fields. These men and women are an honor to their profession and deserve the utmost cooperation of members of the medical profession in providing suitable medical news to the public. They are not to be confused with
BOLES RS. THE PRESS AND THE PATIENTChairman's Address. JAMA. 1950;144(5):361–364. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920050001001