March 27, 2012

"Doctors of the Dark Side" film to be screened Wednesday, March 28

The documentary film “Doctors of the Dark Side” will be screened Wednesday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m. in 4327 Stevenson Hall. Produced and directed by Martha Davis, the film examines the role of physicians and psychologists in the torture of detainees.

The screening is part of the Commons Seminar “The Changing Face of Medicine in Film: Marcus Welby to Sicko.” Commons Seminars are elective courses that allow first-year undergraduate students to explore academic disciplines.

Course instructor and assistant professor of Otolaryngology John Seibert, M.D., will moderate a panel discussion following the film on the issues surrounding medical complicity in torture and the role of physicians and psychologists in detainee interrogations and abuse. Marybeth Shinn, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Human and Organizational Development, will be part of the panel.

See the film trailer and get more information at

The screening, co-sponsored by Physicians for Human Rights and Psychologists for Social Responsibility, is part of an outreach campaign that includes showings at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine and Georgetown University Law Center.