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The Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Torture, Psychiatric Abuse, and the Health Professions
The Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Torture, Psychiatric Abuse, and the Health Professions
Edited by Eric Stover and Elena O. Nightingale, M.D.
Freeman, 1985, 336 pp
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Testimony to the widespread practice of torture systematically carried out by governments, and to the many instances in which doctors and other health professionals have participated in such atrocities. Most of the case studies are from Latin America and the Soviet Union, but the practice takes place all over the world, as investigations by Amnesty International and other organizations have amply shown. This is a matter affecting not only the medical profession, to which the book appeals for whatever action it can take, but also governments on whose agenda the question of human rights has a place. The book grew out of an inquiry launched by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.