Torture doctors invent and oversee techniques to inflict pain and suffering without leaving scars. Their knowledge of the body and its breaking points and their credible authority over death certificates and medical records make them powerful and elusive perpetrators of the crime of torture. In The Torture Doctors
, Steven H. Miles fearlessly explores who these physicians are, what they do, how they escape justice, and what can be done to hold them accountable.
At least one hundred countries employ torture doctors, including both dictatorships and democracies. While torture doctors mostly act with impunity-protected by governments, medical associations, and licensing boards-Miles shows that a movement has begun to hold these doctors accountable and to return them to their proper role as promoters of health and human rights. Miles's groundbreaking portrayal exposes the thinking and psychology of these doctors, and his investigation points to how the international human rights community and the medical community can come together to end these atrocities. The Torture Doctors
is a work of great scholarship, an essential piece of documentation and review likely to be seminal. * Human Rights Quarterly * [Steven Miles's] book is an exhaustively researched study in which he pursues his ongoing campaign to hold to account and bring to justice those doctors who, in virtually every nation in the world, assist in aiding governmental torture of their enemies, often their own citizens. * Morning Star for Peace and Socialism * A detailed work of substantial and meticulous scholarship, The Torture Doctors
is highly recommended for both community and academic library medical ethics and human rights collections. * Midwest Book Review * The Torture Doctors
offers a concise and valuable account of physician participation in interrogation, particularly in the era of new wars: asymmetric conflict, the global war on terror, and civil war. * Bioethics * It is a slim volume, but it reads as encyclopaedic. Miles doggedly tracked down cases of medical participation in torture worldwide. * The Lancet *
The Torture Doctors