J Med Ethics 31:169-172 doi:10.1136/jme.2004.006973
  • Global medical ethics

The physician and prison hunger strikes: reflecting on the experience in Turkey

  1. N Y Oguz1,
  2. S H Miles2
  1. 1Ankara University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
  2. 2Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor N Y Oguz
 Ankara University School of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics, Morfoloji Yerleskesi Sihhiye, Ankara 06100, Turkey;
  • Received 24 October 2003
  • Accepted 14 February 2004
  • Revised 29 January 2004


The medical ethics of a physician’s relationship with a prisoner who is participating in a collective hunger strike has become a major public, professional, and governmental concern in The Republic of Turkey. This article examines the Turkish experience and debate about physician ethics during prison hunger strikes. It is hoped that this analysis will be of use to those formulating policy in similar situations.


  • Competing interests: none declared