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My hero

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7265.905/a (Published 07 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:905
  1. James Owen Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Leeds

    It is uncool for a grown man to admit to having a hero. My generation—and, worryingly, its successors—arecynics. Nevertheless, here goes. My hero is Mahmoud Fathalla, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology in Assiut, 375 km south of Cairo.

    In Egypt, maternal mortality is still high. In Sudan, female genital mutilation is endemic. A doctor can tackle these problems locally, but Fathalla saw the bigger picture. Worldwide, over half a million women die in …

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