Letters Interrogation of detainees

Authors’ reply

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2845 (Published 15 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2845
  1. Kenneth S Pope, independent licensed psychologist1,
  2. Thomas G Gutheil, professor of psychiatry2
  1. 1PO Box 777, Norwalk, CT 06856-0777, USA
  2. 2Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Brookline, MA 02446, USA
  1. kspope{at}mac.com

    We appreciate Seltzer’s thoughtful comments.1 In our article “Contrasting ethical policies of physicians and psychologists concerning interrogation of detainees,” we examined the ethical policies of the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Psychological Association (APA).2 What Seltzer describes as our erroneous conclusions are our restatement of AMA’s formal ethical policy.

    For example, Seltzer quotes us as saying “physicians do not ... observe …

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