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Barry S. Levy and Victor W. Sidel

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311181

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311181.001.0001

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The Roles and Ethical Dilemmas for Military Medical Care Workers

The Roles and Ethical Dilemmas for Military Medical Care Workers

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War and Public Health

Victor W. Sidel

Barry S. Levy

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the roles and ethical dilemmas for military medical care workers, including obligations to enhance military strength versus obligations to meet the needs of individual military personnel, the ability to override the patient's wishes for “the patient's benefit,” obligations of medical care workers to serve those in need of care, blurring combatant and noncombatant roles, and enhancing the ability of medical care workers to serve as moral agents.

Keywords:   military medicine, military medical care workers, ethical dilemmas, combatants, noncombatants

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