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Saving the Enemy? Military Medical Personnel under Fire

Lightning-fast decisions are required between life and death. Whom to treat first in light of limited resources – the fellow soldier, the civilian or the enemy? In the field, this question often leads to moral conflicts. Is it at all possible to reconcile military necessity with the principles of medical ethics, and who helps the helpers? Military medical personnel in conflict with ethics and International Humanitarian Law.

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By subordinating medical assistance to military objectives, we are putting our humanity at risk.

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Sheena M. Eagan Chamberlin

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Military doctors and medics often go beyond their humanitarian role and risk criminal liability.

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National security interests and the ethics of care allow preferential treatment of one’s own soldiers.

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Birthe Redepenning

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Special: Helpers in Danger – New Challenges in Armed Conflicts

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When giving up their special status, military medical personnel face high risks

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