Cyrus Ahalt co-director, Alex Rothman associate director of policy, Brie A Williams founding director
Ahalt C, Rothman A, Williams B A.
Examining the role of healthcare professionals in the use of solitary confinement
BMJ 2017; 359 :j4657
Re: Examining the role of healthcare professionals in the use of solitary confinement
For millennia, hermits, monks, spiritual awareness explorers, have used isolation voluntarily, to achieve higher levels of consciousness, mindfulness, spiritual training. 
Solitary confinement is considered a blessing to some, and cruel torture to others.
Most men would rather receive continuous painful electric shocks than sit alone in a quiet room and think for 15 minutes. 
It all depends on the state of mind people choose.
Competing interests: No competing interests