Military Medical Ethics – Scenario Collection
Lack of knowledge in legal regulations
Medical officer leading anti-insurgent raid
In the south-eastern hilly districts of Blueland, the problem of insurgency was at its peak in 1990. A young military doctor, after completion of his basic military training and a brief period of...
24 Apr, 2017 Views: 192 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: 177 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: 217 Comments: 0
Condoning rape?
"At the end of a medical information session in a very poor war-torn country, a young soldier came up to me. He asked whether he should use condoms when engaging in rape. I answered "yes". I was...
19 Nov, 2018 Views: 180 Comments: 0
Medical confidentiality and privacy of detainees
An insurgent is brought in the field hospital after his capture. His injuries are, at first sight, not life-threatening and he is fully concsious, but he needs some medical care. During the...
12 Jun, 2019 Views: 159 Comments: 0
Transport of ammunition in ambulances?
"It was an awkward job getting the wounded down the narrow, crowded trench. I saw one poor devil, his breeches dark with blood, flung out of his stretcher and gasping in agony. One had to carry...
21 Jan, 2019 Views: 178 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: 178 Comments: 0
Ethical versus Military Imperatives
Acting on the basis of a 'request' from the Minister for Defence, non-medical Military Authority directed a Medical Board tasked with determining the fitness or otherwise of an individual to...
21 Aug, 2018 Views: 163 Comments: 0
Delayed transport of wounded enemy to medical facility on purpose?
"You are a U.S. Army physician who has just completed a medical internship and have been deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While there, two insurgent casualties are brought to...
25 Feb, 2019 Views: 131 Comments: 0
Reporting abuse?
A junior Air Force psychologist, Captain Wren is given 6-month orders to a detention facility housing enemy combatants. Although his role is clinical in nature—he provides care to detainees—he...
25 Feb, 2019 Views: 141 Comments: 0
Treatment first, interrogation second
I experienced this in Afghanistan, while caring for detainees at the Role 3 hospital. Sometimes the guards of the military police (assigned to guard the detainee while in our care) and/ or the...
08 Nov, 2021 Views: 70 Comments: 0


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