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The Torture Doctors

Human Rights Crimes and the Road to Justice

Torture doctors administer and invent 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.

About the Author

Steven H. Miles, MD, is a professor emeritus of medicine and bioethics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He previously managed the Doctors Who Torture Accountability Project and is a past president of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, from which he received the Distinguished Service Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. His books include Oath Betrayed: America's Torture Doctors and The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine.


"Miles examines the torture doctor as 'healer and beast,' revealing how the two parts 'make a distinctive whole.' His data-driven narrative of descent into medical hell is a journey of the soul we can dare with Miles as our unfrightened guide — engaging us to challenge torture doctors in our own regimes." — Jean Maria Arrigo, 2015 AAAS Award Winner for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility

"A brutal exposure of medicine's global torture maze by a master researcher." — George Annas, Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health
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