Which will Trump: human rights and professional ethics, or torture redux?

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Recent political developments in the United States raise concerns about the potential return of aggressive interrogation strategies, particularly in the event of another large-scale terror attack on the U.S. mainland. This essay reviews various legal, ethical and policy responses to revelations of torture during the Bush administration. It asks whether they improve the prospect that, in future, human rights will trump torture, not vice versa. The essay argues that physicians could help prevent further abuses–especially given their access, social status and expertise–but that insufficient steps have been taken to empower them to do so.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-17
Number of pages14
JournalMedicine, Conflict and Survival
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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