Whom Do We Serve?
Lancet. 1986 Feb 8; 1(8476): 315-316.
Silver refutes the "comforting belief" that physicians, bound by professional oaths transcending nation, class, and race, are a world-wide confraternity of individuals with similar value systems. He cites examples from many countries of physician involvement with state sponsored or sanctioned torture, forcible commitment of dissidents to mental institutions, and questionable--even murderous--experimentation. The author concludes that the medical profession should watch out for physicians who are willing to serve anyone who purchases their services. (KIE abstract)