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Medicine responds to terrorism in the US

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 22 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:700
  1. Ronald M Davis, North American editor (
  1. BMJ

    Adefining event in the history of a people can be said to occur when virtually everyone remembers where they were—and what they were doing—when they heard news of the event. In my lifetime, the first defining event was the assassination of President John F Kennedy. The second occurred on 11 September 2001.

    Our human spirit is renewed when we see selfless and tireless efforts…

    On that day, at 8 20 am Eastern Standard Time, I arrived at a hotel in Washington, DC, on Pennsylvania Avenue, about two blocks from the White House. I was to participate as a representative of the American Medical Association in a press conference hosted by the World Health Organization. The WHO was preparing to release a global strategy for containment of antimicrobial resistance.

    Shortly after 9 am, about an hour before the scheduled start of the press conference, we heard the horrific news of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, soon to be followed by an attack on the Pentagon just outside Washington. …

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