A scientific paper published earlier this year describes a typical case treated by the International Rehabilitation and Research Center for Torture Victims.

The victim's name and nationality were omitted in the paper. He was a 42-year-old man who had been subjected to torture for several months, four years before he was admitted to a hospital.

He was beaten on the body, ears and feet, tortured with electric devices and forced to watch others being tortured. His head was held in a "bathtub" filled with urine, excrement and vomit until he nearly suffocated. He was suspended by his arms for hours.

His main problem when he arrived at the hospital was severe headaches. He also suffered from sleeplessness, anxiety attacks, depression and severely hampered memory. His family, especially his 9-year-old daughter, also had problems.

Doctors found that damage to soft tissues in his skull were one cause of the pain. He was treated with radiant heat, followed by massages of the neck and shoulder, and the tissues were allowed to heal. He had in-depth conversations with doctors, and his daughter saw a pediatrician.

After two months of therapy, the headaches disappeared, and they had not returned when he next was examined a year later. He reported that he had only occasional nightmares and said he now felt himself again.