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AMA News Room

Dec. 12, 2014

AMA: U.S. Policy Must Not Conflict with Core Values of Medical Ethics

For immediate release:
Dec. 12, 2014

Statement attributed to:
Robert M. Wah, MD
President, American Medical Association

"The AMA has taken a clear stand that the participation of physicians in torture and coercive interrogation is a violation of core ethical values. We firmly believe that U.S. policies on detainee treatment must comport with the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics and the World Medical Association's Declaration of Tokyo, which forcefully state medicine's opposition to torture or coercive interrogation and prohibit physician participation in such activities.

"The physician's most important role is that of healer, and that role is seriously compromised in situations of torture and coercive interrogation. The AMA will continue to advocate that no doctor is asked to go against the ethics of the profession, to remind physicians of their ethical obligations, and to ensure that medical professionals are never involved in the abuse of detainees in U.S. custody."

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