When Medical Ethics and Military Ethics Collide

Michael L. Gross

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In 12 narratives, medical workers from Afghanistan, Darfur, Gaza, Iraq, Israel, Myanmar, and Ukraine describe the day-to-day challenges of providing quality medical care in austere conflict zones. Faced with severe shortages of supplies, overwhelmed by sick and injured civilians and soldiers, and subject to constant attacks on medical personnel and facilities, the contributors to this collection confront difficult dilemmas of justice, medical impartiality, neutrality, burnout, and moral injury as they struggle to fulfill their duties as medical professionals, military officers, and conscientious citizens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalNarrative Inquiry in Bioethics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2023

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  • Impartial Treat-ment
  • Justice
  • Medical Neutrality
  • Medical Rules of Eligibility
  • Middle East
  • Military Medical Ethics
  • Moral Injury
  • Myanmar
  • Prisoners of War
  • Ukraine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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