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Larrey’s flying hospital

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 21 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2231

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There are further examples of Larrey's humanity

By the time of the French revolution of the "3 glorieuses" in
1830, Larrey was a retired surgeon in a Parisian hospital. Faced with the
revolutionaries' demands, he refused to give
up the wounded soldiers of the Garde Royale in his care, proclaiming :
"They are my patients, and my duty is to protect
them, and yours is to respect yourselves by respecting these
unfortunates." Impressed, the revolutionaries left the hospital, sparing
the wounded.

Larrey is an example of someone for whom there is no black or white,
no Israeli or Palestinian, no rich or
poor, no good or bad people, but only patients and suffering people who
need to be cared for with respect and love. For doctors, he provides a
model of ethical behaviour.

I've written more about this in my blog:

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

24 October 2008
Julien Bezolles
general practitioner