U.S. military doctors working in Iraq collaborated with interrogators in the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad, an article in the British medical journal The Lancet said on Friday.And they are quoting The Lancet, which as The Corpus Callosum points out, may well be the world's most prestigious medical journal (not that I trust people with stethoscopes and god complexes, and with apparent good reason).
Professor Steven Miles, the report's author, cites evidence that some doctors falsified death certificates to cover up killings and hid evidence of beatings.
"The medical system collaborated with designing and implementing psychologically and physically coercive interrogations," the University of Minnesota professor said.
One detainee, who collapsed after a beating, was revived by medics so that the abuse could continue, Miles said.
"Army officials stated that a physician and a psychiatrist helped design, approve and monitor interrogations at Abu Ghraib," he wrote in his study based on evidence from U.S. congressional hearings, sworn statements of detainees and soldiers, medical journal accounts and aid agency information.