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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. vol.99 n.12 Pretoria Dec. 2009




A jaw for a tooth



Charles Isaacson

Emeritus Professor of Pathology, University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, Johannesburg,



To the Editor: I fully support the sentiments expressed by Dr N T Ospovat1 when he criticised the Editor for producing an editorial which has little to do with medicine and much to do with politics.2

It is not the province of the Editor of the SAMJ to embark on a career of political journalism in our journal. He has abused his position as Editor and foisted upon us his naïve and bigoted political views. In most Western countries, the Editor would be asked to resign, in consequence.

He owes the medical fraternity an apology.


1. Ospovat NT. A jaw for a tooth – a biased report. S Afr Med J 2009; 99: 546.         [ Links ]

2. Ncayiyana DJ. A jaw for a tooth – the human rights cost of the Gaza invasion. S Afr Med J 2009; 99: 125.         [ Links ]

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