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Reviews Personal views

Soldiering on

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7573.865 (Published 19 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:865
  1. Ora Paltiel, associate professor (ora@vms.huji.ac.il)
  1. School of Public Health and Department of Haematology, Hadassah-Hebrew University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

    Like you, I have many personal views. But personal views are set aside during working hours, which comprise most waking hours. These views are reserved for my family and friends, around the kitchen table or in the living room. They have no place in the hospital.


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    A casualty in north Israel

    Credit: JACOB SILBERBERG/AP/EMPICS

    In the department where I work personal views are irrelevant. The patients, with acute leukaemia, myeloma, lymphoma, ITP or TTP are fighting for their lives. The fight outside is beside the point. About two thirds are Jews, some native born Israelis, some refugees from Arab countries, some Holocaust survivors, and some survivors of Stalin's reign. Right now five of our inpatients are Arabs (three Palestinians …

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