The Shock of the Human: How the Media Can Change the Way We Think About Ethical Dilemmas in Medicine
Clinical Ethics 2009 March; 4(1): 26-30
The relationship between the media and the medical profession is often one of mutual mistrust. However, the media, and especially television, is a powerful tool for telling individual stories and for providing a medium for medico-ethical dilemmas to be portrayed to a wide audience. The extent to which the use of individual narratives can or should influence public opinion about complex medical issues is examined in this paper from the perspective of a former television journalist with a postgraduate degree in medical law and ethics.
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