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January 27, 1999

Health and Human Rights in the Medical School Curriculum—Reply

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

In Reply: Dr Cobey's emphasis on inclusion of material on international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions in medical education is extremely important. This material is relevant not only to those who will in the future perform the tasks mentioned by Cobey, such as treating patients affected by war, working abroad with humanitarian organizations or armed forces, and exposing human rights violations, but to all students as well. While in medical school, students can learn to act within their institutions, in their communities, and when appropriate with patients to raise consciousness about these issues and to strengthen the protection for human rights that these principles provide.

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