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Health Care Professionals Participating in Torture: An Ethical Interrogation

April 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free

LMU BIOETHICS INSTITUTE PRESENTS

Health Care Professionals Participating in Torture: 
An Ethical Interrogation

Presentation by Dr. José Quiroga, M.D.
Response by Professor Jonathan Rothchild, Ph.D.

Wednesday April 8th at 7pm
Reception to follow

Roski Dining Room, University Hall 1640, Loyola Marymount University

The recent publication of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” by the U.S. government, during the so called “war on terror” (2001-2006), has brought to light the reality of health care professionals’ participation in torture. Not only medical doctors, but also psychologists and psychiatrists were found to be involved in both the design of torture programs and the actual practice of torture. Such discovery raises a host of questions for health care professionals and society at large. More specifically, how can health care professionals reconcile the commitment to the principle of “do no harm,” traditionally considered the cornerstone of medical ethics, with involvement in torture programs? Is such commitment, sworn by every health care professional, only a negotiable promise that can be rescinded by society or government for security purposes, or does it belong to the very fabric, one could say, the “internal morality,” of medical professionalism?

José Quiroga, M.D., a cardiologist, is co-founder and director of medical services at the Program for Torture Victims (PTV), and serves as a vice-president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT).  A native of Chile, Dr. Quiroga worked as a personal physician to Chilean president Salvador Allende.  After the coup d’état of 1973, he fled his country and became a professor in the Department of Public Health at UCLA.  Since then, he has dedicated his life to the treatment of torture victims, becoming a leading spokesperson on the issue both nationally and internationally.  Among other publications, he has co-authored a definitive and comprehensive study of the ongoing global work against torture: Approaches to torture rehabilitation: a desk study covering effects, cost-effectiveness, participation, and sustainability (2001).

Jonathan Rothchild, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

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Date:
April 8, 2015
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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LMU Bioethics Institute
Phone:
310.388.4205
Email:
bioethics@lmu.edu
Website:
www.lmu.edu/bioethics

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Roski Dining Room, University Hall 1640
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States
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