Strange Bedfellows: Torture and Medical Professionals

May 28, 2008

Presenter: Meg Gaffney, MD

“Strange Bedfellows: Torture and Medical Professionals” was presented by Meg Gaffney, MD, on May 28 in the Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium.  Dr. Gaffney outlined the history of physician participation in torture, identified professional, international and military codes that are relevant to torture, and described current controversies related to medical personnel and treatment of prisoners.

Dr. Gaffney is a practicing dermatologist, core faculty of the Indiana University Center for Bioethics, and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine.  She is the director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course I and of the Moral Reasoning and Ethical Judgment competency in the revised curriculum of the Indiana University School of Medicine.  She chairs the Wishard Hospital Ethics Committee, serves on the Clarian and Riley Hospital ethics committees, provides ethics consultation, serves as a content expert for the Fairbanks Clinical Ethics Fellowship, and collaborates on the Indiana University Conscience Project.

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