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The report analyzed medical records and relevant case files of nine individuals for evidence of torture and ill treatment and corresponding documentation by medical personnel, a PLOS Medicine release said Wednesday. In each of the nine cases, detainees alleged abusive interrogation methods that are consistent with torture as defined by the U.N. Convention Against Torture.
The report said medical personnel who treated the detainees failed to inquire and/or document causes of the physical injuries and psychological symptoms they observed.
Instead, the report found, psychological symptoms were commonly attributed to "personality disorders" and "routine stressors of confinement," and temporary psychotic symptoms and hallucinations did not prompt consideration of abusive treatment.
Vincent Iacopino, of Physicians for Human Rights, and retired US Army General Stephen Xenakis examined records for nine detainees and contend that doctors failed in their basic medical duty to the detainees. They want “a thorough, impartial investigation”. and declare that “until such time as such an investigation is undertaken, and those responsible for torture are held accountable, the ethical integrity of medical and other healing professions remains compromised.”