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January 27, 1999

Health and Human Rights in the Medical School Curriculum

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(4):324-325. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-4-jbk0127

To the Editor: I laud the effort of the Consortium for Health and Human Rights to encourage awareness of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in medical schools.1 Abuse of human rights and especially torture and loss of security of person are the reverse of medical care and relief of suffering.

I strongly encourage all medical schools to include, in addition to lectures on human rights, in-depth discussions on international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions. The conventions both codify human rights in "Common Article III" of the 4 conventions and detail the rights and duties of medical personnel in armed conflict.

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