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Letters Russia’s war: Why

Science, medicine, and ethics in times of war

BMJ 2022; 377 doi: (Published 11 April 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;377:o932
  1. Francis P Crawley, executive director1,
  2. Beate Aurich, consultant in drug safety2,
  3. Birgit Buergi, study assistant (non-medical)3,
  4. Viktoriia Dobrova, professor4,
  5. Perihan Elif Ekmekci, deputy dean5,
  6. Joe Schmitt, professor and editor-in-chief67,
  7. Valerya Sokolchik, professor8
  1. 1Good Clinical Practice Alliance-Europe (GCPA) and Strategic Initiative for Developing Capacity in Ethical Review (SIDCER), Leuven, Belgium
  2. 2Strasbourg, France
  3. 3Disability Resource Centre (DRC), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  4. 4Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacy, National University of Pharmacy, Kharkov, Ukraine
  5. 5School of Medicine, Department of History of Medicine and Ethics, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Ankara, Turkey
  6. 6University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
  7. 7Global Health Press, Singapore
  8. 8Department of Public Health and Healthcare, Belarusian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Minsk, Belarus
  1. fpc{at}

Conflict resolution through military means is directly opposed to the goals of health and medical sciences—namely, to benefit humanity, promote life, alleviate suffering, and ensure respect for each person’s and community’s fundamental rights and liberties. Scientists, healthcare professionals, and ethicists must continue to uphold their professions’ codes of conduct and serve their communities during war.

Abbasi explains why The BMJ will not boycott Russian science at this time.1 During the covid-19 pandemic, scientists, healthcare professionals, and ethicists from countries affected by the current war collaborated in global …

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