Views & Reviews The Bigger Picture

Different bodies, different futures

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 07 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5596
  1. Mary E Black, public health physician, Belgrade, Serbia
  1. drmaryblack{at}

I wrote in my diary five years after the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, “The truth is that I still have nightmares, and I dream of piles of bodies and blood and all the worst things that I have seen.” With time, those memories have silted over, and now I am more likely to dream of mundane things.

I am fascinated by the promotional images for the 2012 Paralympics. Technology meets human flesh, and the results are thrilling. Oscar Pistorius, a man with no legs, can run faster …

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