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July 1, 1905

NEWSPAPER MEDICINE.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(1):47. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510010053009

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Abstract

Many newspaper excursions in the medical field are funny in the highest degree, while others are merely sensational. Of the latter class are articles recently appearing under the captions, "Death in the Money Hunt," and "Hearts Fail; Graves Fill." These "scare heads" were based on the publication of figures, apparently showing in New York City a great recent increase in mortality, especially from heart disease. Possibly, on careful study, the figures, if confirmed, may prove to have some significance, but it is much to be desired that at least the good newspapers might come to deal with medical and sanitary matters in a common sense manner, entirely excluding sensationalism from their treatment of these subjects. By adopting such a course, they might do much good. As it is at present, any possible benefit is swamped in the flood of sensational overstatement. Who will lead the way in an effort to

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