The Ethics of Medical Involvement in Torture
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1993 Sep; 19(3): 135-137.
The difficulties of establishing a definition of torture are discussed, and a definition is suggested. It is then argued that, irrespective of general ethical questions, doctors in particular should never be involved because of their social role.
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Hare, R.M. (1993-09)Torture does need to be defined if we are to know exactly what we are seeking to ban; but no single definition will do, because there are many possible ones, and we may want to treat different practices that might be called ...