Trust is Not Enough: Bringing Human Rights to Medicine

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1076
  1. Berna Arda, professor of medical ethics
  1. 1Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

One of my professors used to say, “Today's actuality is tomorrow's history.” This aphorism highlights the dynamic nature of history but also reminds us that we need to be conscientious concerning events occurring in our own time, as we will be judged by tomorrow's observers. In this book the Rothmans, two social historians, cover the actuality today of the balance between medicine and human rights.

At the beginning of the 21st century we look back to the earlier decades of the 20th as a time of gross examples of the collision between medicine and human rights: the Nazis' experiments on humans, …

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