US doctors were complicit in Guantánamo Bay torture, report says

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 27 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2680
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

Inspection of medical records, case files, and legal affidavits shows compelling evidence that the medical personnel who treated detainees at Guantánamo Bay US Naval Base in Cuba were complicit in the torture perpetrated at the base’s prison, a report says.

The paper, published in PLoS Medicine (2011;8(4):e1001027, doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001027), says that medical staff at the base failed to inquire into or document causes of physical injuries and psychological symptoms that they observed in the detainees.

Doctors working for the organisation Physicians for Human Rights reviewed the base’s medical records and relevant case files of nine people detained there, looking for evidence of torture and ill treatment and …

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