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Letters Medical complicity in torture

Time for WMA to take action

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 04 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4105
  1. John S Yudkin, emeritus professor of medicine1,
  2. Hadas Ziv, executive director2,
  3. Ishai Menuchin, executive director3
  1. 1University College London, London WC1E 6BT
  2. 2Physicians for Human Rights—Israel, Jaffa-Tel Aviv 68135, Israel
  3. 3Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, POB 4634, Jerusalem 91046, Israel
  1. j.yudkin{at}

    In a recent correction Professor Michael Baum conceded that Dr Derek Summerfield is sincere in his belief that the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) is complicit in torture, even though Professor Baum is equally convinced that the association is not.1 However, the IMA has still not answered several important questions about the charges.

    In October 2009 one of us (JSY) outlined the IMA’s failure adequately …

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