Medical Investigations of Homicides of Prisoners of War in Iraq and Afghanistan

Steven H. Miles, MD

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Introduction

Error in Table 1: In the Original Article entitled " Medical Investigations of Homicides of Prisoners of War in Iraq and Afghanistan" published on July 5, 2005, Medscape General Medicine, 2005; 7, 2, there was one error in the table. Mowhoush died at Qaim [sic] not Abu Ghraib. The correct information is in the body of the paper.

The publication of the photographs of the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib has resulted in a widening circle of disclosures and official investigations of similar abuses in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guantanamo Bay. There are reports that some medical personnel neglected detainees' medical needs and collaborated with coercive interrogations.[1,2] Some physicians, medics, nurses, and physician assistants failed to report abuses or injuries caused by the abuses that they witnessed. This article reviews another human rights issue -- the medical evaluation of cases of which prisoners potentially died of because of mistreatment or under suspicious circumstances.


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