It doesn’t seem like much—hardly an offence. A national medical association calling attention to the public health consequences of armed conflict. Business as usual, surely? But not in Turkey. Not […]
Julian Sheather is specialist adviser (ethics and human rights), policy directorate, BMA.
Julian Sheather: Unrest
The award-winning cinema documentary Unrest explores the stories of people living with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Ahead of its UK theatrical release on 20 October, Julian Sheather, Specialist Adviser, Ethics and […]
Medicine is still a victim of war—we desperately need new ideas
What we are witnessing is war without restraint. But what do we do to stop it? […]
Julian Sheather on why we must retain the Human Rights Act
When we sicken in the UK most of us turn to the NHS for care. The majority of doctors here have also been trained in the NHS. Medicine in the […]
Julian Sheather: Extremity piled upon extremity—where next for medical neutrality?
In times of war, said Cicero, the law falls silent. Afghanistan. Iraq. Syria. Yemen. Somalia. Ukraine. Libya. Chad. An irregular patchwork of violent conflict lies across great swathes of the […]
Julian Sheather: Forty years of the Declaration of Tokyo
Medical involvement in torture looks like a category error. Medicine has to do with the healing of bodies and minds; torture with their destruction. It is now forty years since […]
Julian Sheather: Shaping the ends of our lives
Very difficult to know how we will approach our death until we are in the shadow of it. Will we hold to the ideals we formed when we were healthy, […]
Julian Sheather: Will the confluence of big data and the genomics revolution lead to a transformation in personalized healthcare?
Will the confluence of big data and the genomics revolution lead to a transformation in personalized healthcare, or are the emperors’ clothes looking a little threadbare? This was the theme […]
Julian Sheather: Torture, medicine, and the need for an independent eye
In August 2012, Claudia was woken at 3:00 in the morning when soldiers burst into her home in Veracruz City, Mexico. They tied her hands and blindfolded her. They took […]
Julian Sheather: The man whose mind exploded
Drako Oho Zarhazar has anterograde amnesia, a rare brain disorder that has left him unable to form new memories. The distant past—episodes from before the traumas that disabled his mind: […]