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Human rights begin at home

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:0

This special issue of the BMJcontains an appalling catalogue of man's inhumanity to man. Much of the suffering results from war and its aftermath and from extreme poverty. Many readers of the BMJ have experienced neither and may be inclined to shudder and pass on. But the challenge to readers is to understand how the material is relevant to doctors practising in Britain, the United States, Western Europe, Australasia, and other privileged places.

One way that it matters is that chilling abuses of human rights are conducted by doctors …

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