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Michael Freeman, Sarah Hawkes, and Belinda Bennett

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199688999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688999.001.0001

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Interrogation Medicine?

Interrogation Medicine?

(p.354) 20 Interrogation Medicine?
Law and Global Health

M. Gregg Bloche

Oxford University Press

This chapter first reviews existing knowledge about the involvement of psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals in harsh, post-9/11 interrogation. It then turns to the ethics of interrogation practice. It considers the position maintained by the military that, doctors who counsel interrogators do not act as health professionals and thus are not bound by the Hippocratic obligation to avoid harm. It argues that the most disturbing thing about the emergence of national security interrogation as a new ‘area of practice’ is that occurred behind the veil of national security.

Keywords:   Interrogation, medical ethics, doctors, Hippocratic obligation, national security, mental health professions

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