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Comment & Response
September 18, 2019

Global Action Needed to Protect Humanitarian Surgeons and Patients During Wars and Armed Conflicts

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  • 1Walter Reed Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA Surg. Published online September 18, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.3492

To the Editor I read with interest the Viewpoint by Schussler et al1 that humanitarian surgeons must have predeployment training of Geneva Conventions and International Humanitarian Law in addition to surgical skills. This is a valuable suggestion; however, it is doubtful whether this alone will reduce or eliminate risks to health care workers, hospital staff, nongovernmental organizations, and humanitarian organizations from targeted attacks in combat zones.

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