Chapter 1. Challenges for the Profession
Chapter 2. The Boundaries of Torture
Chapter 3. Accountability.
This book brings into sharp relief the extent to which the medical profession has enabled or participated in actions that are at moral crossroads. Physical and psychological abuse and violations of medical codes have already been brought to light by concerned bioethicists responding to ethical lapses of the “war on terror.” This book goes to the next level by looking at three areas that also merit our attention and call us to speak out against abuses. These are (1) dehumanization (such as forced nudity, hooding, sensory deprivation, exploitation of phobias, waterboarding, and environmental manipulation), (2) non-consensual forced-feeding, and (3) solitary confinement. Each area raises important questions for the medical profession.Author Wanda Teays calls upon doctors and nurses to reflect on the role they play in the unethical treatment of prisoners and detainees by crossing moral boundaries around each of these areas. In the process, we are reminded that bioethics is global, not local — and the concerns of the discipline encompass issues with a wider scope.
• Examines an ethical cluster that has been overlooked or given limited attention in the society in general and Medical Ethics in particular
• Spotlights actions and policies that merit closer analysis and reflection in the medical profession
• Calls for more clarity with regard to ethical codes (AMA, ANA, WMA, APA, etc.) and professional training