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Fashion fads in global health

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3525
  1. Mary E Black, global health doctor, London
  1. drmaryblack{at}

Last week, I attended the health policy equivalent of a top fashion show—a forum on global health governance held at Chatham House. This is an elegant Georgian edifice in central London best known for the so called Chatham House rule (, which encourages openness by guaranteeing anonymity for those quoted: a conundrum in this age of social media and phone hacking.

A plenary speaker concluded that we need a strong global health body that could lead us all into a bright new future. This was what we all needed after the second world …

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