Medical ethics at Guantanamo called into question: Doctors call for an end to force feeding


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The Lancet features again this week with the publication of a letter from over 250 Doctors, from seven countries, calling for the end to force feeding of prisoners at Guantanamo. Force feeding is carried out by strapping inmates into chairs and feeding through tubes inserted in their noses – a practice which is contrary to the code of the World Medical Association. The Lancet letter also calls for the American Medical Association to instigate disciplinary proceedings against any members known to have violated the code.

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