Medical Ethics don’t seem to apply if you are an Immigration, Military or CIA physician/nurse?

Interesting series of articles in the Washington Post reporting on the quality of health care provided and misuse of medications in our facilities for “war on terror” detainees.

“The Washington Post has identified in which the government has, without medical reason, given drugs meant to treat serious psychiatric disorders to people it has shipped out of the United States since 2003”

“Involuntary chemical restraint of detainees, unless there is a medical justification, is a violation of some international human rights codes. The practice is banned by several countries where, confidential documents make clear, U.S. escorts have been unable to inject deportees with extra doses of drugs during layovers en route to faraway places.”

This is from the Wikipedia version of the classical Hippocratic oath:

“I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.”

This report illuminates the tip of an embarrassing iceberg. Physicians working at Guantanamo, places like Abu Graib and such also have questions to answer. Are medical ethics quaint relics of a time gone by?

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