oa Central African Journal of Medicine - A report on the 151st Annual representative's meeting of the British Medical Association

Volume 29, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A report on the 151st annual representative's meeting of the british medical assocation. The first day's debates, as so often in the past, were concerned with medical ethics, policies on in vitro fertilisation, female circumcision (the horrific ritual is becoming more frequent in private clinics in London), advertising by private nursing homes (particularly common were those dealing with cosmetic and laser therapy), body searches by the police without the subject's permission, and the proper relationship between the profession and the pharmaceutical industry were resolved. Later, medical manpower dominated the scene an urgent problem in view of the increasing medical unemployment in the N.H.S. Nuclear war, Ethics, Manpower after these heavyweights it was inevitable that the other debates should have a slightly anti-climatic air; lead pollution, alcohol abuse and the advertising of tobacco were dealt with.

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