Synopses & Reviews
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 documentsand#151;including death certificatesand#151;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 medicineand#151;a direction that not so long ago was unthinkable.
and#8220;Painstaking . . . path-breaking accounts of the self-degradation of health professions.and#8221;
and#8220;Compellingly details instances in which health professionals violate the Hippocratic Oath, professional ethical strictures, and the Geneva Conventions.and#8221;
"This, quite simply, is the most devastating and detailed investigation into a question that has remained a no-no in the current debate on American torture in George Bush's war on terror: the role of military physicians, nurses and other medical personnel. Dr. Miles writes in a white rage, with great justificationand#151;but he lets the facts tell the story."and#151;Seymour M. Hersh
"Steven Miles has written exactly the book we require on medical complicity in torture. His admirable combination of scholarship and moral passion does great service to the medical profession and to our country."and#151;Robert Jay Lifton, author of The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide and Home from the War: Vietnam Veterans - Neither Victims nor Executioners
About 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.