US bans doctors from conference in Cuba

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:914

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  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    US medics and scientists are furious at a decision by the US government to refuse them licences to attend an international medical conference in Cuba last month, despite the fact that in previous years such visits had been allowed.

    The conference on coma and death is held every four years in Havana—this year from 9 to 12 March. It had become one of the best international conferences on the subject, according to Professor Stuart Younger from the Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, who had been due to attend and present a paper on attitudes of the US public to brain death.

    “I attended the 1992, 1996, and 2000 meetings with no …

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