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US internists call for public health approach to gun violence in US

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2796 (Published 15 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2796
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

In a new position paper the American College of Physicians has called for a public health approach to the problem of gun violence in the United States and urges health professionals to become actively involved in efforts to reduce gun related injuries and deaths.1

In the paper, published online 10 April, the college said, “The medical profession has a special responsibility to speak out on prevention of firearm-related injuries and deaths, just as physicians have spoken out on other public health issues.”

The college, which represents internal medicine physicians and related subspecialists, is …

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