The Ethical Obligations of the Military Medical Practitioner
Journal of law and medicine 2011 Sep; 19(1): 155-71
International humanitarian law requires medical practitioners to be given "respect and protection" when serving as medical practitioners in the military. A component of this legal assurance is that when military medical personnel base their decisions on their medical code of ethics, that decision will be respected and protected. Although the "respect" that has been afforded by international humanitarian law has been part of the law for a considerable period of time, it is not always clear that military command or the courts are sufficiently aware of the ambit of this prescription.
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