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AMA calls for inquiry into doctors' role in abuse of prisoners

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7473.993 (Published 28 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:993
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The American Medical Association (AMA), the professional body for doctors in the United States, is supporting calls for a new investigation into whether doctors were complicit in the torture of prisoners held by US military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    James Rohack, chairman of the AMA's trustees, has written to the US defence secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, supporting a recommendation by the US army investigator, Major General George Fay, for an inquiry into the possible failure of medical professionals “to properly document and report the abuse” of detainees.

    The association, which can …

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