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July 19, 1952


Author Affiliations

Director of Press Relations, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1952;149(12):1137-1141. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.72930290009015a

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Times have changed in the field of medical science reporting since Osler uttered this caution: "Believe nothing that you see in the newspapers—they have done more to create dissatisfaction than all other agencies. If you see anything in them that you know is true, begin to doubt it at once."

The medical profession's attitude toward newspaper reporters has changed from definite coolness to warm and friendly cooperation, especially since World War I.

More doctors are meeting more reporters today than ever before with the result that there is more and more news about medicine and health in newspapers and magazines and on the radio. This reflects a strong desire by the public for knowledge of the progress of medical science. Independent newspaper and press association surveys have shown that there is more reader interest in medical news than in any other branch of science. Therefore, the average doctor, whether general

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