Editing embargo is bad news for US scientists too

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7444.898-b (Published 08 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:898
  1. Sergio A Perez Barrero, professor (serper.grm{at}infomed.sld.cu)
  1. Rpto J Menendez, Bayamo, Granma, Cuba

    EDITOR—Dyer's news item reports that US societies are to defy the ban on editing articles from embargoed countries.1 I am a Cuban psychiatrist and suicidologist. Such an embargo is not news or new for us, with more than 45 years of hostility from successive US governments, but it is bad news for people in the United States, who will not have the opportunity to exchange experiences with us. In my field of knowledge, suicidal behaviour, US suicidologists need our experience in treating Spanish speaking patients with another culture.

    It is not possible to block ideas, good relationships between people, and the love of human beings for the sciences.


    • Competing interests None declared.



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