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Iraqi doctors face climate of fear

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 08 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:898
  1. G Butt

    Doctors in Iraq say that one of their colleagues has been executed and several others have been imprisoned for refusing to cut off limbs or ears as a punishment for lawbreakers. The pressure on doctors to perform such operations comes against the background of growing difficulties in the day to day practice of medicine caused by shortages of drugs.

    The amputation of hands and legs was introduced in June for Iraqis caught stealing. In the last week of August Decree No 115 issued by Saddam Hussein's Revolutionary Command Council stated that army deserters and people evading military service …

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