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September 15, 1999

Teaching Human Rights in the Medical Curriculum

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(11):1034-1035. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-11-jac90008

To the Editor: Dr Cobey1 suggests that there is a fundamental conflict between medical neutrality and physicians' human rights advocacy. This important issue merits reflection.

I teach a semester-long seminar in health and human rights to Yale University School of Medicine students. We discuss a wide range of issues including the impact of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, treatment of torture victims, and documentation of human rights abuses. Much to my surprise, I find the students enthusiastic about these discussions.

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