Report: Non-Doctors Carried Out Amputations at Abu Ghraib
Truly disgusting. Time Magazine has a new report on the medical disarray at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The report is based on interviews with medical staff and a document it obtained about medical treatment at the prison and the use of restraints by the Army in Iraq medical facilities. From a press release received by e-mail:
Medical personnel and others who worked at Abu Ghraib prison tell TIME that, with straitjackets unavailable, tethers-like the leash held by Private Lynndie England-were put to use at Abu Ghraib to control unruly or mentally disturbed detainees, sometimes with the concurrence of a doctor. That such a restraint-which is supposed to be placed around legs, arms or torsos-ended up instead around a man's neck seems to be a case of a medically condoned practice degenerating into abuse, TIME's Adam Zagorin reports.
But there was also medical disarray at the prison: amputations performed by nondoctors, chest tubes recycled from the dead to the living, a medic ordered, by one account, to cover up a homicide. That in itself would have made Abu Ghraib a scandal even without the acts of torture inflicted on the inmates by their guards.
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