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Special Reports March 2015 Issue

Special Supplement: TV Medical Shows: Scientific Static

When it comes to getting advice from doctors on TV, you might be just as well off consulting the fictional Marcus Welby, MD, or Dr. Kildare rather than the real physicians on popular talk shows. A new study published in the journal BMJ analyzed recommendations from 40 randomly selected episodes of each of the two highest-rated medical programs, “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Doctors.” Overall, barely half the 160 recommendations could be supported by scientific evidence.

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