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South Africa's doctors apologise for apartheid years

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 15 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:148

The Medical Association of South Africa last week apologised, seemingly out of the blue, for its attitude and silence during the years of apartheid. Many constituencies in the country have already apologised during the past four years.

The association's apology, which did not directly address the issues for which the organisation had gained some infamy over the years, was aimed at “persons within and outside the medical profession, who might in the past have been hurt or offended by any acts of commission on its part in the past.”

The apology then stated that the association had always been open to members of all races but added, “the association remained silent on …

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