Humanistic Perspectives in Medical Ethics

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CHAPTER 12
MEDICINE AND THE MILITARY SOME ETHICAL PROBLEMS

Gordon S. Livingston

The regimen I adopt shall be for the benefit of my patients according to my ability and judgment, and not for their hurt or for any wrong.

--Hippocratic Oath

I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity; the health of my patient will be my first consideration.

--Declaration of Geneva ( 1948)

The principal objective of the medical profession is to render service to humanity with full respect for the dignity of man.

--Opinions and Reports of the Judicial Council of the American Medical Association ( 1966)

The Army Medical Service is a supporting service of the combat elements of the Army primarily concerned with the maintenance of the health and fighting efficiency of the troops. . . . Its mission is to conserve manpower for early return to duty.

--U.S. Army Field Manual 8-10

In his laborious and checkered efforts to bring order and a sense of lasting value to his life, man has evolved and codified a multitude of behaviors. None of these efforts, even when cloaked in the mantle of divine

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