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Hospital patients in Bosnia are nutritionally vulnerable

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 03 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:315
  1. John P Beavis,
  2. C Lavy,
  3. Sally Harper,
  4. Philip Garvin,
  5. Andi Arnautovic
  1. Retired consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon 36 Priestlands, Rochester, Kent ME1 3AG
  2. Consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon University College London Hospitals, London WC1E 6DB
  3. Consultant dietitian North Kent Healthcare NHS Trust, Keycol Hospital, Sittingbourne, Kent ME9 8NG
  4. Director of programmes Local medical director, Sarajevo and Mostar Humanitarian Aid Medical Development International, London W11 3EP

    EDITOR,—Josephine Vespa and Fiona Watson's paper describing nutritional vulnerability in elderly people during the Bosnian war reminds us that not only missiles give rise to casualties.1 The onslaught against Sarajevo and other enclaves massively reduced supplies of fuel, running water, and food. Not surprisingly, the weakest suffer most in such circumstances. The authors fail, however, to recognise another group of highly vulnerable people—namely, those who have been wounded. At least 600000 Bosnians have suffered injuries in this war, and their special …

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