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A tale of two physicians: reflections on the Boston Marathon bombing

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2993 (Published 10 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2993

Re: A tale of two physicians: reflections on the Boston Marathon bombing

Terrorism is a Gordian knot with hydra-headed tentacles. Sadly, we hack at the tentacles of ideology, but ignore the knot of biology. Most terrorists are thin, malnourished, dehydrated, and addicted to nicotine, caffeine, sweets, and drugs; all of which lead to insatiable cravings, frustration, anger, and violence. Since biology trumps ideology, we should instead turn our attention to eliminating malnutrition, dehydration, and addiction. It's more humane to cure your enemies than to kill them.

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 May 2013
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA