Oath Betrayed: America's Torture Doctors / Edition 1

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The news that the United States tortured prisoners in the war on terror has brought shame to the nation, yet little has been written about the doctors and psychologists at these prisons.
In Oath Betrayed, medical ethics expert and physician Steven H. Miles tells how doctors, psychologists, and medics cleared prisoners for interrogation, advised and monitored abuse, falsified documents—including death certificates—and were largely silent as the scandal unfolded. This updated and expanded paperback edition gives newly uncovered details about the policies that engage clinicians in torture. It discusses the ongoing furor over psychologists' participating in interrogations. Most explosively this new edition shows how interrogation psychologists may have moved from information-gathering to coercive experiments, warning all of us about a new direction in U.S. policy and military medicine—a direction that not so long ago was unthinkable.

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"Painstaking . . . path-breaking accounts of the self-degradation of health professions."--Ap

"Compellingly details instances in which health professionals violate the Hippocratic Oath, professional ethical strictures, and the Geneva Conventions."--Human Rights Qtly

The Bemidji Pioneer - Nat Hentoff
“Painstaking . . . path-breaking accounts of the self-degradation of health professions.”
Human Rights Qtly
“Compellingly details instances in which health professionals violate the Hippocratic Oath, professional ethical strictures, and the Geneva Conventions.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520259683
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/20/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven H. Miles is Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, a member of its Center for Bioethics, and a practicing physician. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition ix

Map xxix

Part I "We are Selling Our Souls for Dross" 1

Chapter 1 Torture 3

Chapter 2 Medicine and Torture 24

Part II "Tantamount to Torture" 41

Chapter 3 Interrogation 43

Chapter 4 Homicide 68

Chapter 5 Neglect 97

Chapter 6 Silence 119

Part III "Plain Language" 141

Chapter 7 Grave Breaches 143

Chapter 8 Why Oppose Torture? 159

Appendix 1 Interrogating GTMO 063: Case and Discussion Guide 169

Appendix 2 The American Psychological Association and War on Terror Interrogations 186

Bibliography and Notes 199

Index 259

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