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A Novel Approach to Understanding Physician Complicity with Torture

Zoom | Free | Open to the public
Steven Miles
Steven Miles, MD


The Leopard's Furies is a novel by Steven Miles, MD, about the effort to hold an Army physician accountable for torturing prisoners in a military prison. This discussion will examine the book, the topic, and how the use of novels to illuminate the complexities of medical ethics differs from formal analysis. Dr. Miles will donate all royalties from purchases of this book for this seminar to The Center for Victims of Torture.

Learning objectives: By the end of this seminar, participants will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of how to use fictional material in illuminating complex problems in medical ethics; and
  • Understand the diverse ways that physicians are complicit in abetting torture by their governments.

For those may be interested in purchasing the book, it is available from ($3 ebook, $7.99 paperback). Please email [email protected] if you purchase a copy (in either format) so that Dr. Miles can calculate the royalties to send to the Center for Victims of Torture. No purchase is necessary to attend the webinar, and the Center for Bioethics does not profit from sales of this book.


Steven Miles, MD, Professor Emeritus, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota is an internationally recognized expert on physicians who torture for their governments. Among his many honors is the lifetime achievement award of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.