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Bioethics And Armed Conflict : Moral Dilemmas of Medicine And War (Paperback)

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Gross describes how the principles of contemporary just war, unlike those of medical ethics, often go beyond the welfare of the individual to consider the collective interests of combatants and noncombatants and the general interests of the state. Military necessity plays havoc with such patients' rights as the right to life, the right to medical care, informed consent, confidentiality, and the right to die. The principles of triage in battle conditions dictate not need-based treatment but the distribution of resources that will return the greatest number of soldiers to active duty. And unconventional warfare, including current "wars" on terrorism, challenges the traditional concept of medical neutrality as physicians who have sworn to "do no harm" are called upon to lend their expertise to "interrogational" torture or to the development of biological or chemical weapons. Difficult dilemmas inevitably arise during armed conflict, and medicine, Gross concludes, is not above the fray. Medical ethics in time of war cannot be identical to medical ethics in peacetime.

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Publisher Mit Pr
Mfg Part# 9780262572262
SKU 202111273
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0262572265
Release Date 4/16/2007
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Book Format Paperback
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0384
Publisher MIT Press (MA)
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