Practical guidelines are important

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.444b (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:444
  1. Adriaan Van Es, Director,
  2. Anne-Marie Raat, Director,
  3. Gilles De Wildt, Director
  1. Johannes Wier Foundation for Health and Human Rights, PO Box 1551, 3800 BN Amersfoort, Netherlands

    EDITOR,—We welcome debate on the role of health workers with regard to hunger strikers,1 but we believe that George J Annas's reaction to our publication on this issue2 is disappointing.

    Firstly, Annas's comment that “individual doctors will be forced to muddle through, until there is a credible international body capable of articulating standards for medical ethics,” is not helpful. It ignores existing guidelines on the relation between doctors and hunger strikers, …

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