MedPage Today - Military, CIA Required Docs to Aid Torture

Dr. Rosamond Rhodes discusses the ethical dilemma of force feeding prisoners who go on hunger strike.

 – November 8, 2013  –– 

Since 9/11, military and intelligence health professionals have participated in the abuse and torture of suspected terrorists held in prisons outside the United States, a comprehensive new report said. And they did so because the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency "required [them] to act contrary to their professional obligations," according to the report. Doctors are not supposed to use their knowledge or skill to harm people, but the issue of forced feeding seems to be a gray area for some, suggested Rosamond Rhodes, PhD, Professor of Medical Education, and Director of Bioethics Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Learn more.