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World Medical Association amends its policy on doctors' duty during armed conflict

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:878
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

The World Medical Association (WMA) announced on 9 October that it is amending its policy on physicians' behaviour in times of armed conflict to emphasise that “medical ethics in times of armed conflict are identical to medical ethics in times of peace.”

The amendments were endorsed without opposition by delegates in attendance at the association's General Assembly in Tokyo earlier this month. Endorsers included representatives of the United States and the United Kingdom.

The amendments come on the heels of a report in the Lancet by Steven H. Miles (Lancet 2004; 364: 725-9) a physician and bioethicist, who found US medical personnel were complicit with …

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