Military Medical Ethics – Scenario Collection
Mistreatment of detainees
Complicity in interrogation
An obstetrician is deployed to a distant country where he is approached by intelligence operatives and told to lay out the scariest surgical instruments on OR trays and the intelligence people would...
12 Sep, 2018 Views: 359 Comments: 0
Non-respect of intercultural differences
A female primary care physician is told she is deploying to an undisclosed location. She will be the only Air Force person at this facility. Upon arrival she realizes she is the sole physician at...
12 Jan, 2017 Views: 349 Comments: 0
Punitive medical examination
An enemy combatant is brought to your aid station after capture by intelligence personnel. They want to question him, however he is moaning and complaining of eye pain, and acute loss of vision....
19 Nov, 2018 Views: 360 Comments: 0
Physicians' Involvement in Coercive Interrogations
After a firefight somewhere in an armed conflict, the troops capture an injured combatant of the adversary party. It is not clear whether the person is a prisoners of war, a common civilian, or a...
12 Aug, 2019 Views: 413 Comments: 0
Reporting abuse
"Dr. Thompson is a military reservist deployed with a mobile medical field unit in Iraq. Several weeks into a grueling tour during which a number of American soldiers sustained serious injuries, a...
12 Aug, 2019 Views: 414 Comments: 0
Medical officer present during "harsh interrogation"
Email excerpt from a medical officer "The sessions accelerated rapidly progressing quickly to the water board after large box, walling, and small box periods. [Prisoner X] seems very resistant to...
20 Nov, 2018 Views: 352 Comments: 0
Protecting the health of captured pirates
Peter is a young navy doctor on board of a frigate which is part of a multinational task force patrolling ship lanes in the Indian Ocean, off the Horn of Africa. He hasn't got much operational...
11 Sep, 2018 Views: 330 Comments: 0
Looking the other way
You are asked to assess a civilian patient, who has recently sustained life-threatening injuries, and to advise whether she is well enough to be transferred to a medical facility under the command...
19 Nov, 2018 Views: 353 Comments: 0
When is a doctor not a doctor?
You are asked to take part in an interrogation. Members of your unit running the detention facility tell you that your involvement will be legal if you are removed from the medical chain of command....
22 Mar, 2018 Views: 319 Comments: 0


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