France to investigate illegal sterilisation of mentally ill patients

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 20 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:697
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

The French government has ordered an investigation into illegal sterilisations carried out on thousands of mentally handicapped people, mostly women, sometimes without their permission and even without their knowledge.

The extent of the practice was made public last week, when Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly magazine, claimed that …

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