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Ill treatment may be as traumatic as torture
March 16, 2007
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Broader definition of torture needed in light of study’s findings, experts say.

Prisoners who endure poor or degrading treatment suffer much of the same long-term psychological distress as do captives who are tortured, suggests a study published Monday.

The study was based on interviews with victims of ill treatment and torture while imprisoned in the former Yugoslavia, and experts said the findings underscored the need for a broader definition of torture.

“What is the basis for the distinction between torture and other cruel and degrading treatment? Science should inform this debate,” the study’s lead author, Metin Basoglu of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College in London, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. The study was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry....

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March 16, 2007
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Steve H. Miles of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics, who was not involved in the study, said the findings “show that the severity of long-lasting adverse mental effects is unrelated to whether the torture or degrading treatment is physical or psychological.”

March 16, 2007
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The horrible thing is that they are only now figuring this out.

I claim that this result is predictable from first causes, and that battered women, for example, have been trying to convey this information for a very long time.

The "duh factor" is astonishing.

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