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Letters WMA and Iran

The WMA speaks out on Iran but not on Israel. Why not?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 10 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4635
  1. Derek A Summerfield, honorary senior lecturer1
  1. 1Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, London SE5 8BB
  1. derek.summerfield{at}

    The BMJ reports that the World Medical Association (WMA) has spoken out about possible collusion by doctors with torture or other abuses of prisoners in Iran.1 I commend this action, which is what the WMA is for. But there could hardly be a greater contrast with the WMA approach to Israel. In May, 725 doctors from 43 countries wrote collectively to the WMA …

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