Filler A patient who changed my life

Two lives saved

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 21 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:643
  1. Susana Romero Zambrano, senior house officer
  1. Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon

    As a native Cuban intensive care doctor, I felt many parts of my life were not mine to control. Having free health and education systems does not make you free. Cuban security forces control many aspects of life, as a colleague and I discovered when we tried to publicise some research about the extent of a local epidemic of dengue fever. We were told to stop or face imprisonment because it showed the country in a bad light. This sort of control contrasts with the treatment of visitors to Cuba from old capitalist enemies such as the United States and Britain. Nowhere is this more apparent …

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