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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

Aesop's fable "Androcles and the Lion" tells the story of Androcles, who removed a thorn from a lion's paw, and was subsequently rescued by the very same lion. The moral of this story is that kindness can sometimes turn a dangerous enemy into a great friend. So let's not be too quick to hate our enemies. Instead, let's treat our enemies as potential friends, by demonstrating kindness and compassion. It's more humane to cure your enemies than to kill them.


Competing interests: No competing interests

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