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Medical professionalism and abuse of detainees in the war on terror

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2947 (Published 29 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2947

Re: Medical professionalism and abuse of detainees in the war on terror

War has become a popular but unfortunate metaphor and euphemism for society's failures. The "wars" on drugs, illiteracy, and poverty have all been lost, and the war on terrorism seems endless. Since war connotes conflict, violence, and death, we should dispense with this malevolent metaphor, and instead find beneficent metaphors that are more conducive to peace and health. Words have power and meaning, and they should be chosen carefully.


Competing interests: No competing interests

01 May 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA