War and learning

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 25 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:g

Perhaps the most terrible decision a leader must take is to send a people to war. Hundreds of thousands, even millions, may die. Families are disrupted. Lives destroyed. Lands laid waste. It looks likely that the United States, Britain, and allies will be at war with Iraq soon—before the summer heat of the desert makes war impossible. Doctors are now taking a position, and over 500 staff, students, and alumni of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have called on Tony Blair to prevent the escalation to war (p 220). A meeting at the House of Commons last week produced the same message (p …

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