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A Piece of My Mind
August 1, 2007

Bearing Witness

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(5):494-495. doi:10.1001/jama.298.5.494

It had been a frustrating morning looking for physicians in a town in southern Iraq. I had already been to three hospitals searching for attending physicians willing to talk to me about human rights abuses under the just-deposed Saddam Hussein regime, and I had found that on Friday, the Muslim Sabbath, the hospitals were staffed only by disgruntled residents. I planned to quickly drop off copies of our survey at the last hospital and return to the hotel for lunch and a rest during the 110°F midday heat.

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