Global Torture

  • Wanda Teays
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 80)


The first unit gives an overview of current realities and issues regarding torture and the involvement of doctors, giving us a sense of the challenges facing the medical profession. In this chapter I focus on global torture. To grasp the range of abusive tactics found in countries around the world, I look at six cases. Each is a picture of brutality; together they testify to a moral failure in terms of human rights.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wanda Teays
    • 1
  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentMount Saint Mary’s UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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