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Clearing the Fields: Solutions to the Global Land Mines Crisis

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1212
  1. Eoin O'Brien

    Ed Kevin M Cahill Basic Books/Council on Foreign Relations, $25, pp 237 ISBN 0 465 011772 2

    Clearing the Fields is a collection of essays arising from a symposium held in New York last year. It is a most disturbing book, which is already influencing discussions taking place in many nations and organisations such as the UN. Those who read it cannot but feel an overwhelming sense of disgust at what is being perpetrated in so many not-so-distant lands.

    What happens when a farmer tilling his field steps on a mine, or a child scoops the clay to grasp the brightly coloured plastic that beckons from the soil? The short answer is that the victim is left not just without an arm or leg—or often both legs and …

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