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27 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 11 May 2009

When there’s a health crisis no government wants its people to panic. But how do they ensure that citizens behave in a rational and orderly fashion.

Dr Peter Sandman from Princeton, USA believes that governments and their advisers must tailor their messages carefully to ensure that people don’t panic. Sandman joins Health Check and argues that governments need to legitimise fear and not offer false assurances.

Race-based medicine is on the rise with drug companies taking out patents and devising drug trials that target specific groups. But how is race defined? Is race ever a good proxy for genetic make-up?

Colin Grant investigates the controversy over race-based medicine. He talks to experts such as Professor Jonathan Kahn of Hamline University School of Law, and asks whether a person’s race is ever a useful tool in diagnosis and treatment in medicine.


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