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Article on Colombia should have been more objective

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 05 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1557
  1. Humberto De Calle-Lombana, Ambassador (
  1. Colombian Embassy, London SW1X 0LN

    EDITOR—We Colombians must cope with clichés about drugs, violence, and underdevelopment. Although we have enormous problems, Veeken's article on Colombia lacks objectivity and fairness. It is based on prejudices arising from personal experiences, which he extends to the whole country. The BMJ should adopt a scientific approach to articles on health in Colombia instead of publishing subjective generalisations.

    According to a 1997 United Nations report, Colombia's human development index (which measures personal income, life expectancy, health, and …

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