The Medical Documentation of Torture

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Until recently, almost all of the medical input to criminal and civil prosecutions relating to allegations of torture was from forensic pathologists investigating mass graves. It is now recognised, however, that witness evidence from those who survive atrocities can be supported by medical experts in documenting torture both immediately and many years after the event. As is patently evident from news coverage, the number of asylum seekers in the West fleeing persecution abroad has increased steadily and there is a real need to provide those involved in examining these individuals with a comprehensive reference source which will underpin the Istanbul Protocol and provide the academic background for bringing prosecutions against alleged torturers before the newly mandated International Criminal Court.

Table of Contents

The Problem of Torture
The Approach of International Tribunals to Medical Evidence in Cases Involving Allegations of Torture
Documenting a Well-Founded Fear: How Medical Caregivers Can Assist Torture Survivors in the Asylum Process?
Doctors and Torture Ann Somerville
Visits to Prisoners and Documentation of Torture
History Taking
The Psychological Consequences of Torture
Physical Examination Following Allegations of Recent Torture
Physical Examination for Late Signs of Torture
Examination Following Specific Forms of Torture
The Sexual Abuse of Females
Male Sexual Abuse in Detention
The Examination and Investigation of Electric Shock Injuries
Radiodiagnostic Approaches in the Documentation of Torture
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