US bans medics from conference in Cuba
US medics and scientists are furious at a decision by the US government to refuse them licences to attend an international medical conference in Cuba, although in previous years such visits had been allowed.
The conference on coma and death is held every four years in Havana. It had become one of the best international conferences on the subject, according to Stuart Younger from the Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, who had been due to attend and present a paper on attitudes of the US public to brain death.
“I attended the 1992, 1996, and 2000 meetings with no trouble from the US government,” he said. “Approximately 70 scientists and scholars from the USA were poised to go when the Office of Foreign Assets Control sent letters to all of us who planned to attend threatening us with fines or imprisonment.”
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