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Free speech, democracy, and eugenics
  1. Søren Holm,
  2. John Harris
  1. Editors, Journal of Medical Ethics
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor S Holm
 Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, PO Box 427, Cardiff CF10 3XJ, UK;

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Attempts to stifle debate in medical ethics must be strongly resisted

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