• Wanda Teays
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 80)


We need to give careful thought to all those members of the health profession who lose sight of their fiduciary duties. They have much to learn from those who hold dear the command “Do no harm” and do not align themselves with the abuse of others, regardless of the goal intended. Caring for their patients should always take precedence over the values of patriotism and combat. In this book we look at torture as a global issue. Countries the world over treat detainees and prisoners in brutal and degrading ways. Examples abound as to the seriousness of the problem. That doctors have been implicated as participants or enablers in torture raises all sorts of concerns for the profession and for individual doctors.

Works Cited

  1. Rabbani, Ahmed. 2018, July 26. I’m Stuck in Guantanamo. The World Has Forgotten Me. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 July 2018.
  2. Savage, Charlie. 2018, May 8. 9/11 Planner, Tortured by C.I.A., Asks to Tell Senators About Gina Haspel. The New York Times. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. Welch, Matt. 2018, August 27. What John McCain Taught Us About Torture. The New York Times.. Retrieved 28 August 2018.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wanda Teays
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentMount Saint Mary’s UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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