Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972048 | Print ISBN: 9780761929574 | Online ISBN: 9781412972048| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Health and Medicine Journalism
Health journalism provides news about issues of personal and public health. Magazines, newspapers, broadcast and cable channels, and websites frequently run news and advice about health matters directed to a lay audience. Indeed, health stories are some of the most prevalent and popular stories that run in consumer media. Such stories are also referred to as medical journalism, health reporting/writing, and medical/health news. Health journalism is not a recent phenomenon. In fact, two prominent examples from the turn of the last century show just how enduring the fixation on health maintenance has been. Luther H. Gulick wrote for magazines (such as Good Housekeeping ) and authored a 1907 book, The Efficient Life . Gulick obsessively outlined how to live a more vital, healthy life through good personal habits and mental attitude; he advised on how to battle common ailments; and he deemed prevention to be the “distinctively modern attitude toward ...