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Human Rights in the Biomedical Literature:  The Social Responsibility of Medical Journals

Annette Flanagin, RN, MA
JAMA. 2000;284(5):618-619. doi:10.1001/jama.284.5.618.
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The number of articles on human rights published in biomedical journals has increased substantially during the last decade. This reflects an increasing involvement of physicians and other health professionals in the documentation of the health consequences of violations of human rights,1,2 improvements in the quality of articles on human rights, and the willingness of journals to publish these articles.

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Figure. Human Rights Articles Published in Biomedical Journals, 1966-1999 (N = 29,235)
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Letters and editorials were included in this definition of articles. All of the articles were indexed in MEDLINE under the term human rights.

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