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December 21, 1994

Medical Team Seeks to Identify Human Remains From Mass Graves of War in Former Yugoslavia

JAMA. 1994;272(23):1804-1806. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520230016007

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DESPITE DISCOURAGING developments in the former Yugoslavia, physicians with ties to that troubled land continue to do what they can.

One of those is Dragan Primorac, MD, a native of Split on the Adriatic Sea coast of Croatia, which declared its independence from the former Yugoslavian federal union 41 months ago and has suffered numerous casualties in subsequent fighting (JAMA. 1993;270:626-628). Primorac currently is part of the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, studying DNA, RNA, and proteins as part of a study of osteogenesis imperfecta.

During the coming year, Primorac and his colleagues will be resuming their efforts to identify the remains of 26 of 61 persons found in six mass graves in a neighboring republic. The site is Kupres in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which— nearly 8 months after Croatia's July 25, 1991, declaration—in turn declared its independence March 6, 1992, and since

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