The Three Christs of Ypsilanti and some Torture

It sure would have been a lot more fun to be a psych doctor back in the day.  Sure, your work would largely be thrown out at immoral and tainted under current standards, but at least they got to have some fun….

In the late 1950s, psychologist Milton Rokeach was gripped by an eccentric plan. He gathered three psychiatric patients, each with the delusion that they were Jesus Christ, to live together for two years in Ypsilanti State Hospital to see if their beliefs would change. The early meetings were stormy. “You oughta worship me, I’ll tell you that!” one of the Christs yelled. “I will not worship you! You’re a creature! You better live your own life and wake up to the facts!” another snapped back. “No two men are Jesus Christs. … I am the Good Lord!” the third interjected, barely concealing his anger.

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Interesting reading there, although it leaves a lot to be desired (like putting all three on Jeopardy or something).

Luckily, there are still people out there hoping to learn from the suffering of others, and many of then get paid by taxes to do so.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today released evidence it says indicates that the Bush administration conducted “illegal and unethical human experimentation and research” on detainees’ response to torture while in CIA custody after 9/11. The group says such illegal activity would violate the Nuremburg Code, and could open the door to prosecutions. Their report is based on publicly available documents, and explores the participation of medical professionals in the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation program.” Download the full report at phrtorturepapers.org.

You can read an interview with the lead medical author of the report , here.

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