Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Detention is still harming children at the US border

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 09 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3001

Rapid Response:

Save the Children

Children are a paradox. Their innocence ensures their honesty, and makes them good lie detectors and truth reporters. This perennial paradox is memorialized in Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Emperor's New Clothes, which contrasts the real perception of a child with the surreal self-deception of adults. How ironic that adults must fear and feign the sincerity they once enjoyed as children. To quote Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., "Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children."

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 July 2018
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA