Peace through health
Medical students have a part to play
Medical students from McMaster University in Canada have been studying a new discipline called peace through health.1 They believe that medicine brings peace to the world and have proposed a study module which will include understanding the many causes of conflict and exploring the approaches to resolving conflicts and the possible mechanisms of peace building. They want to learn more about the link between health and peace. In a world full of conflict the students were confident that this module would equip them with skills that would be as applicable in their own country as in Afghanistan.
At present such ideas are very attractive, and a recent conference on “Peace through Health” at McMaster University explored the role that health professionals can play in preventing war. Doctors and academics from the department of peace studies and health science have worked together to develop interdisciplinary theories on the relationship of conflict,