Abuse of Psychiatry: Analysis of the Guilt of Medical Personnel
Gluzman, Semyon F.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1991 Dec; 17(Suppl.): 19-20.
Based on the generally accepted definition, we correctly term the utilisation of psychiatry for the punishment of political dissidents as torture. The widely known sources, in particular written and published memoirs of victims of psychiatric arbitrariness, report in detail on those physical and moral sufferings to which victims of psychiatric arbitrariness were subjected within the walls of special psychiatric hospitals in my country [USSR]. My foreign colleagues as well as journalists fixed their attention mainly on the names of torture (in other words, on the conditions of maintenance and "treatment") and on the persons who were the direct utilisers of torture: doctors, middle-medical personnel and orderlies, these last being from among criminal offenders. Thorough and extensive research of this problem shows there were significantly more direct and indirect participants among the abusers.
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