The Steve Biko Affair

Trefor Jenkins, Graeme McLean

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Steve Biko, a leader of the Black Consciousness movement in South Africa, died in 1977 while being detained by security police. The inquest into his death revealed gross inadequacies in the treatment he received from the two doctors legally responsible for his medical care. This article analyses and seeks to explain those inadequacies, and draws from the case moral lessons for doctors everywhere and for the guardians of their professional ethics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)s36-s37
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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