Civilization and torture: beyond the medical and psychiatric approach

The author argues that torture not only affects its victim, but is an endemic illness of civilization which has the effect of shattering the social network that makes us human. If we are to dare look at the oppressive order which destroys victims of torture, we must listen to their agonized groaning and understand them.

About the author

Dr Marcelo N. Vinãr

Psychoanalyst and trauma expert. He was professor in the Faculty of Medicine at Universidad de la República, Montevideo, from 1968 to 1997 and president of the Latin American Psychoanalytic Federation. He went into exile in France in 1976 and returned to Uruguay in 1989