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In praise of dissent

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7385.0/e (Published 15 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:e

One hundred years ago Germany launched a war against quackery (p 366). “Public meetings will be held and addresses delivered,” reported the BMJ. Today Germany leads a campaign to halt the war against Iraq, and anti-war demonstrators will march in Berlin on 15 February. The war against quackery included a strategy to infiltrate the meetings of quacks, “in order to confute their arguments and expose their misstatements.” The organisers of the global anti-war campaign would wish for something similar.

But this demonstration is not confined to Germany. Over 300 cities will unite in protest against the leadership of George Bush …

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