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An interview with J. Wesley Boyd, on medical students' understanding of the Geneva Conventions and torture.

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What Do Medical Students Know About the Geneva Conventions, Medical Ethics, and Torture?

Not as much as they should, according to a disturbing study published in the International Journal of Health Services. The Refuge Media Project recently taped an interview with lead author J. Wesley Boyd, MD, PhD, a psychiatrist with the Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School. The study was undertaken in response to concerns about the roles of physicians and psychologists in military interrogation. Its introduction notes that "Several reports have alleged physicians' complicity in the mistreatment of prisoners being held by the United States: Physicians may have advised interrogators as to whether particular prisoners were fit enough to survive physical maltreatment, informed interrogators about prisoners' phobias and other psychological vulnerabilities, failed to report torture, and altered the death certificates of prisoners who died as a result of torture." Learn more...