When did someone else's sickness become newsworthy?
By Julian Fisher, MD
How strange for a physician to say that...and especially as I make an initial appearance on this blog. Physicians are supposed to be caring and to want to care for patients and their illnesses. But bear with me for a moment, as this commentary is about to shift.
Illness is omnipresent and often becomes newsworthy, especially when someone with a high profile becomes ill -- or when a dramatic event propels someone -- or a nation -- to prominence because of that illness. The shooting in Tucson is the obvious example but many others abound. A prominent CEO takes ill -- again -- or a Hollywood celebrity falls off the wagon - with a giant thud. And suddenly the spotlight of Entertainment Tonight or ABC or the New York Times or the Financial Times shines upon them...and the world hovers in expectation or curiosity.