|"The capacity .
. . of human beings to inflict pain on other human beings, in the name
of law, the state . . . is . . . widespread and
enduring. Torture is thus something that a public authority does or
Edward Peters, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, author of Torture (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1985, Expanded Edition 1996) This quotation is on p. 3
Most comprehensive modern study of torture is:
Piero Fiorelli, La tortura giudiziaria nel diritto comune (2 volumes; Milan: 1953-1954)