A fellow postgrad, Taryn Knox (check out her thoughts in the comments below), just sent me the link to Dr. Oz’s Miraculous Medical Advice: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. This article critically analyses day-time TV host Dr. Oz’s so-called ‘medical advice’. It is an extremely interesting look into the type of methods Oz encourages and perhaps even endorses. The biggest issue, that the author quite rightly points out, is where is the overriding principle ‘First do no harm’?
What I find particularly interesting though, is whether doctors should really be dispensing advice to people via TV especially considering the reach TV has and given the harm it could do. Or whether, actually, there should be some sort of expectation of personal responsibility of viewers to do their homework before taking advice from a doctor who they’ve never even met. I think that while there’s probably a good argument to be made about the personal responsibility of viewers, most of those viewers probably aren’t medical professionals and are probably trusting of those who are, so that takes us back to the first question of whether doctors should be doing this sort of thing on TV.