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US medical students in Cuba receive temporary reprieve

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7458.132-e (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:132
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    A controversial new policy that threatened to force 80 medical students from poor areas of the United States who are studying in Cuba to leave the island has been suspended.

    The policy was met with a barrage of protests. Congresswoman Barbara Lee and 27 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell on 23 June stating that the medical students “have pledged to return to their respective communities and offer low cost health care to those who cannot afford it.” They added …

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