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Medicine (Issue 457)
November 2012
Issue: 
457

With medical attention increasingly rationed and concerns over the quality of life for a growing elderly population, is the notion of ‘healthcare for all’ impossibly utopian? As our societies become increasingly stratified, healthcare systems further reflect inequality.

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How not to make every vote count

With the presidential election looming, many Americans are finding their right to vote under assault says Mark Engler.

Australia: gas hub threat

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Colombia: will peace prevail?

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Author and journalist Mark Lynas and researcher and writer Claire Robinson go head-to-head.

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