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Refugee doctors face enormous difficulty

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1095
  1. A Ezsias, Senior registrar
  1. John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford OX3 9DU

    EDITOR—I have been interested by several articles about refugee doctors, 1 2 particularly because I started my life in Britain as one. It is hard for people to appreciate fully the mental anguish and physical deprivation, the sense of annihilation and loss of reference points, and the vulnerability and desperation of refugees. Highly educated refugees such as doctors may be more prone than other refugees to concentrate on their mental and spiritual deprivation; this is compounded by repeated disappointments in their attempts to earn their living by their skill …

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