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The Medical Documentation of Torture

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7371.1044/a (Published 02 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1044
  1. Sally Hargreaves, medical writer and researcher (salhargreaves@hotmail.com)
  1. International Health Unit, Hammersmith Hospital and Imperial College, London

    Eds Michael Peel, Vincent Iacopino

    Greenwich Medical Media, £39.50, pp 228


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    I spent some time last month at a medical centre in Dover that deals with the immediate health needs of asylum seekers arriving from the continent. Asylum seekers are routinely pulled off the backs of lorries and freight trains: 40 to 50 claim asylum at these docks every day. Many have travelled for months in poor conditions, and are inevitably exhausted and traumatised. The general practitioner at the medical centre will deal with anything from sprained ankles—often the result of being pushed from lorries at haste—and cuts from scaling barbed wire border fences, to minor ailments stemming from fatigue …

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