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US medical authorities are accused of failing to act over doctors in Guantanamo

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39335.601794.DB (Published 13 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:530
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The US medical establishment is failing to enforce professional ethics among doctors who serve in the US military, charges a letter signed by doctors from 16 countries that was published in last week's Lancet. The letter compares military doctors working in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to doctors who helped the South African police question detainees in the apartheid era.

    “The attitude of the US medical establishment appears to be one of ‘See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil,'” the letter says, pointing out that no military doctor has been charged or disciplined for offences committed in what President George Bush describes as …

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