How Hospital Stays Resemble Enhanced Interrogation

Ken Mishark is a hospitalist at the Mayo Clinic who formerly served as a physician in the military. Early in his career, he interviewed for a job in the CIA. That experience might explain why he paid attention when the CIA declassified a manual it had developed on how to conduct “enhanced interrogations”. As he perused the manual, he couldn’t shake the notion that the methods of enhanced interrogation create an experience for CIA prisoners that closely (and unintentionally) resembles that of many hospitalized patients. With Holly Geyer and myself, Mishark published an essay in the Annals of Internal Medicine exploring some of these parallels.

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