Michael Brumage, MD
Brumage M. Economic Sanctions and Embargoes. Ann Intern Med. 2000;133:308. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-133-4-200008150-00018
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(4):308.
TO THE EDITOR:
Physicians are compelled to relieve suffering. The Ethics and Human Rights Committee's recommendations (1) to ameliorate the public health effects of sanctions are a welcome first step toward helping vulnerable people in the affected countries.
Although we should investigate and analyze the public health effects of sanctions and embargoes, we should never forget that the biggest threats to public health in the sanctioned nations are their leaders. In the Balkans, Slobodan Milosevic has unleashed wars over the past decade that dramatically affected the public health of nearly all the former Yugoslav republics, while spilling over the borders of Yugoslavia into Macedonia and Albania. Like Saddam Hussein, this indicted war criminal does not hesitate to cause his people, and especially the vulnerable groups, to bear the enormous public health consequences of his political self-preservation.
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