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Stalin's Last Crime: The Doctors' Plot

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7462.408-a (Published 12 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:408
  1. Chin Jung (jungc20@yahoo.com), resident in internal medicine
  1. Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California

    Most readers of this journal, despite life's vicissitudes, would take it for granted that they live in a society governed by reason and the rule of law. The example of their own careers would be enough to convince them that theirs was a society that rewarded talent, hard work, and moral commitment; and it would be hard to conceive of a society that was structured otherwise. Which makes it all the more shattering to read this account of post-second world war Soviet Russia. The authors describe a world in which what was rational and what was desirable were defined by the whims of one man, Stalin, and they make plain the nearly unimaginable degree of suffering for which he …

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