A few years ago, I posted an essay about the medical and psychological, professions’ involvement in torture, particularly of detainees in the war on terror, and my own possible light brush with that world. Last week the New York Times ran a piece describing in more detail the role of physicians in not only carrying out the torture program, but in designing it. Again, this isn’t something that most of us will ever confront, but I think it’s worth noting the recent history and reminding ourselves every once in a while of our ethical obligations . . .
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