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Feature Medical Response to Terrorism

From the Christchurch mosque shootings to London Bridge: translating lessons for general healthcare

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1366 (Published 27 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1366

War As Metaphor

War has become a popular, but unfortunate, metaphor and euphemism for society’s social 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

02 April 2019
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
New York, NY, USA