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  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 19, 2014 - 10:03 PM

“Many conceive their work as therapeutic,” said Miles. “They think, ‘I kept him alive, I was practicing medicine.’ There is a moral dissonance.”

Miles has long been outspoken about being bipolar, and his criticism of the medical profession’s reaction to doctors who suffer from mental health issues.

I asked him if it was wise for someone who suffers from mental health issues to devote his life to the study of torture.

Miles, who speaks in a low monotone, smiled and deadpanned: “Fair question.”

He acknowledged that after reading horrible details of prisoner torture, “I would wake up at night in Abu Ghraib.”

But he learned early on “to take the dark stuff in small doses, and before lunch.”

After an especially upsetting day, “I’d head down to the Dakota and listen to jazz,” Miles said. “Jazz has its roots so deep in pain.”

 

jtevlin@startribune.com • 612-673-1702 Follow Jon on Twitter: @jontevlin

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