Physician Involvement in Hostile Interrogations

  • Fritz Allhoff
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New book series (LIME, volume 41)

Military conflicts inevitably lead to the detention and interrogation of adversaries (or perceived adversaries), and American military action in Afghanistan and Iraq has resulted in the protracted and scrutinized detention and interrogation of varied personnel. Detention and interrogation, in turn, inevitably lead to moral and legal questions, and these questions have been especially poignant during and following the aforementioned campaigns. Controversially, the Bush administration did not afford Geneva Convention protections to “enemy combatants”; these protections would have increased the standard of care (e.g., legally, medically, etc.) afforded to detainees and would have limited the interrogation options available to military personnel. Also controversially, reports have alleged that military interrogators have practiced “stress and duress” tactics which include: “sleep management” (i.e., sleep deprivation), “dietary manipulation” (i.e., food withholding), “environmental manipulation” (e.g., exposure to extreme temperatures, presence of dogs, etc.)


American Medical Association Medical Ethic Medical Knowledge Moral Obligation Moral Duty 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fritz Allhoff
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  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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