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Are Military and Medical Ethics Necessarily Incompatible? A Canadian Case Study

Overview of attention for article published in The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, January 2021
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Title
Are Military and Medical Ethics Necessarily Incompatible? A Canadian Case Study
Published in
The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, January 2021
DOI 10.1177/1073110516684809
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Authors

Christiane Rochon, Bryn Williams-Jones

Abstract

Military physicians are often perceived to be in a position of 'dual loyalty' because they have responsibilities towards their patients but also towards their employer, the military institution. Further, they have to ascribe to and are bound by two distinct codes of ethics (i.e., medical and military), each with its own set of values and duties, that could at first glance be considered to be very different or even incompatible. How, then, can military physicians reconcile these two codes of ethics and their distinct professional/institutional values, and assume their responsibilities towards both their patients and the military institution? To clarify this situation, and to show how such a reconciliation might be possible, we compared the history and content of two national professional codes of ethics: the Defence Ethics of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Code of Ethics of the Canadian Medical Association. Interestingly, even if the medical code is more focused on duties and responsibility while the military code is more focused on core values and is supported by a comprehensive ethical training program, they also have many elements in common. Further, both are based on the same core values of loyalty and integrity, and they are broad in scope but are relatively flexible in application. While there are still important sources of tension between and limits within these two codes of ethics, there are fewer differences than may appear at first glance because the core values and principles of military and medical ethics are not so different.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 26 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 6 23%
Student > Postgraduate 4 15%
Student > Bachelor 3 12%
Professor 3 12%
Researcher 3 12%
Other 3 12%
Unknown 4 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 6 23%
Medicine and Dentistry 5 19%
Business, Management and Accounting 3 12%
Philosophy 3 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 4%
Other 4 15%
Unknown 4 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 38. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 March 2017.
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