Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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.
Ahmadi R. Teaching Human Rights in the Medical Curriculum. JAMA. 1999;282(11):1034-1035. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-11-jac90008