Public Health Post: Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture visits BUSPH

October 28, 2019 Professor Nils Melzer is the Human Rights Chair of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a Professor of International Law at the University of Glasgow. Since 2016, Melzer has served as the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. Throughout ...

CLER Faculty and Students Report Back from the US/Mexico Border

October 24, 2019 This week, Dr. Sondra Crosby and SPH students Yareliz Diaz and Claire Corkish led a conversation about their experiences at the US-Mexico Border, the humanitarian crisis in Matamoros and Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy: “Trump’s Migrant Protection Protocols – dubbed the “Remain in Mexico Policy”- have forced thousands of migrants to live ...

BUSPH: ‘Criminalizing FGM Is a Necessary Protective Measure’

Published on: October 3, 2019 Female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) is widely recognized as an act of violence against women, torture, and a violation of human rights. It is defined as the cutting of, injury to, or removal of parts of a girl’s genitalia. The Massachusetts legislature is currently considering bills that would criminalize ...

The Hastings Center: ‘It’s Unethical to Use Dental X-Rays to Send Migrant Children to Adult Detention Facilities’

Published on: July 2, 2019 After the Taliban murdered his father and brother, and fearing for his own life, Hamid fled Afghanistan. As with many asylum seekers fleeing persecution, he entered the United States seeking safety and refuge. Hamid’s national ID card stated he was 17 years old when he presented himself to U.S. officials, but they ...

BU Today: Should Doctors Learn from Nazi Medical Research on Holocaust Victims?

Published on: June 20, 2019 Should a surgeon use a medical reference book with anatomical illustrations that are derived from Nazi victims? That’s the ethical quandary a team that included BU’s Michael A. Grodin and Rabbi Joseph A. Polak (Hon.’95) sought to answer in an article in the May 29 issue of the journal Surgery. The medical text in question ...

BU Today: Did Researchers Bring Dead Pigs Back to Life? And Would That Be OK?

Published on: April 29, 2019 Did researchers really bring dead pigs back to life? The headlines earlier this month didn’t say exactly that (the words “partly alive” were more frequently used), but the story still had the scientific community buzzing: Yale researchers had revived some cellular function in the brains of slaughtered swine—not enough to restore consciousness, ...

The Intercept: Julian Assange Suffered Severe Psychological and Physical Harm in Ecuadorian Embassy, Doctors Say

An American doctor who conducted several medical and mental health evaluations of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London over the last two years says that she believes she was spied on and that the confidentiality of her doctor-patient relationship with Assange was violated. Dr. Sondra Crosby, an associate professor of medicine and ...

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