Medical Ethics for the Military Profession

Martin Bricknell, Marina Miron

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This paper summarizes medical ethics in the military profession to raise military leaders’ awareness of Military Medical Ethics (MME) and the ethical issues that may impact their medical services and personnel. First, it summarizes core concepts, including the four principles of medical ethics (autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice), the two legal frameworks for the use of military force in war, jus ad bellum and jus in bello, and the concept of dual loyalty. It then examines MME issues during conflict, in garrison healthcare, and during the COVID-19 epidemic. Finally, it concludes by arguing that MME is an important domain of military ethics that should be taught to military leaders to complement the detailed education of MME military medical professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-866
Number of pages16
JournalRevista Cientifica General Jose Maria Cordovo
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


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