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Humanitarian Crises: The Medical and Public Health Response

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 29 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1216
  1. Derek Summerfield, psychiatrist
  1. Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, London

    Eds Jennifer Leaning, Susan M Briggs, Lincoln C Chen

    Harvard University Press, £27.95, pp 379

    ISBN 0 674 15515 7

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    Embedded Image Call me a misery, but the passing of the 20th century—in which war and genocide claimed over 150 million people—might more properly have been marked by a requiem mass than by all the razzmatazz. Between 25 and 40 wars were active at any one time in the 1980s and 1990s, almost all “internal” and principally targeting civilians and their ways of life. Most of the arms used in these wars came from members of the United Nations Security Council, an apt commentary …

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