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Richards and colleagues1 are to be commended for condensing the essence of the complex issues argued before the Court of Appeal last year, and for making eminently sensible suggestions for the role of doctors in the future. However, there are some matters that are a proper cause for concern that remain to be addressed.
Firstly, there is the manner in which contentious medical hypotheses are put before the lay public. No person who has ever spoken to the Press will be unaware of the fact that he/she has no control over what subsequently appears in print or over the airwaves. Whereas one might wish that the Press would ask the question “Is this good science?”, before launching into headlines such as “Gentle shaking ‘may kill babies’”,2 “Gentle shaking can cause fatal brain …