Bmj Usa: Editor's Choice

We are the world

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E95

This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

“I deeply believe we are one world, and all humankind are connected,” Donald Berwick emailed a reader of the Washington Post who had responded to a guest editorial originally published in that newspaper. The reader responded, “Where did you get that idea?” (BMJ USA p 165).

We Americans tend to think that little matters unless it matters to us. The fallacy in such thinking became evident on September 11, when the plight of a distant people erupted in our skies and streets with ghastly consequences. Our government now invests billions on the war on terrorism, a longstanding world crisis that now gets attention because it …

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