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April 17, 2002

Human RightsAn Ambulance of the Wrong Colour: Health Professionals, Human Rights and Ethics in South Africa

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven, Jeanelle de Gruchy, and Leslie London, 246 pp, with illus, paper, $93, ISBN 1-919713-48-4, Cape Town, South Africa, University of Cape Town Press, 1999.

JAMA. 2002;287(15):2004-2005. doi:10.1001/jama.287.15.2004-JBK0417-2-1

This is a remarkable book. It addresses the immensely complex interactions of apartheid and health in South Africa, past, present, and future. It documents the multiplicity of violations of human rights in health during apartheid and the postapartheid period in the 1990s, during which South Africa made its historic turn toward a democracy intended to respect the rights and dignity of all. The book then grapples with the continuing uncertainties of societal transformation toward full respect for human rights in health.

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