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September 15, 1999

Teaching Human Rights in the Medical Curriculum—Reply

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

In Reply: I agree with Dr Ahmadi that the issues of neutrality and adherence to the Geneva Conventions must be discussed in depth in the medical school curriculum. All of us need a better understanding of human rights issues as we care for patients and families here in the United States and throughout the world. We also need to be knowledgeable about the different rules that apply in different roles and different situations of conflict. Ahmadi's students are fortunate in their opportunity to discuss the complex issues of human rights and neutrality. Such discussions are very much needed.

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