Civilization and torture: beyond the medical and psychiatric approach
30-09-2007 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 867, by Marcelo N. Vinãr
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.