Here’s a new wrinkle on medical ethics: Treat the injured, and the doctor becomes the criminal.

That’s the bizarre notion of the sheik who rules Bahrain, where a civil uprising against the monarchy resulted in more than 20 deaths and many injuries after a crackdown by the authorities.

The 47 medics charged with seeking the overthrow of the monarchy - by treating protesters beaten and shot - are being tried in a special military court, with limited access by media and public.

Physicians for Human Rights, an international group, has expressed concern about attacks on doctors and nurses, unarmed patients and civilians seeking to aid the victims of the crackdown.

We hope the U.S. government will continue to press Bahrain to reconcile with its people instead of repressing them.