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International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine

Physicians at War

The Dual-Loyalties Challenge

Editors: Allhoff, Fritz (Ed.)

  • A topic that has thus far not been treated at book length and nowhere nearly as comprehensively
  • Extremely timely and highly current
  • Unique and broad basis for dealing with issues that not only impact on medical ethics, but cut across various spheres of justice in a setting defined by the multiple perspectives of medical, military and legal practice
  • Unique in its treatment of the subject matter, which hitherto has only been done in a fragmented and isolated manner
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About this book

There are a range of ethical issues that confront physicians in times of war, as well

as some of the uses of physicians during wars. This book presents a theoretical

apparatus which undergirds those debates, namely by casting physicians as

being confronted with dual-loyalties during times of war. While this theoretical

apparatus has already been developed in other contexts, it has not been specifically

brought to bear on the ethical conflicts that attain in wars. Arguably, wars thrust

physicians into ethical conflicts insofar as these wars create a tension between a

physician’s obligation to heal and an obligation to serve some other good (e.g.,

military chain of command, national security, the greater good, etc.). Alternatively,

we can debate whether this conception is appropriate. For example, one could

argue that that non-medical duties cannot attach to physicians (e.g., due to nonoverlapping

spheres of justice), thus abrogating the dual-loyalty challenge. Or else

one could argue that these medically-trained personnel do not act qua physicians

at all (but rather partisan advocates) and therefore duties that would otherwise

attach to physicians do not attach here.

In the first part of this book, these issues are debated. In the second part of

the book, the dual-loyalities frame is used to explore various substantive debates

that obtain when the military makes use of physicians. Physician involvement

in torture is a heated topic, and certainly the most visible element of the debate.

Also, however, we could use the dual-loyalties framework to explore issues in

other arenas, such as: development of chemical and biological weapons, medical

neutrality/battlefield triage, and so on. In each of these cases, the same tensions

arguably exist: physicians have duties both to their patients and “elsewhere”

(which, depending on the details of the view, could be any of the above-mentioned

ends).

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Physicians at war: The dual-loyalties challenge is a collection of essays which provide philosophical, political, and legal perspectives on many of the conflicting obligations which physicians may face during times of armed conflict. … valuable for anyone who is concerned about the role and obligations of physicians in national security/defense issues. … this book has important implications for other areas of medicine were physicians find themselves called upon to use their medical skills and knowledge in service of the state." (Jason Gatliff, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, Vol. 6, 2009)


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Physicians at War: The Dual-Loyalties Challenge

    Allhoff, Fritz

    Pages 3-11

  • Dual-Loyalty and Human Rights in Health Professional Practice: Proposed Guidelines and Institutional Mechanisms

    Pages 15-38

  • Guidelines to Prevent the Malevolent Use of Physicians in War

    Frisina, Michael E.

    Pages 39-52

  • Dual Disloyalties: Law and Medical Ethics at Guantánamo Bay

    Marks, Jonathan H.

    Pages 53-73

  • Toward a Framework for Military Health Ethics

    Pearce, Gervase (et al.)

    Pages 75-88

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Hardcover $159.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Physicians at War
Book Subtitle
The Dual-Loyalties Challenge
Editors
  • Fritz Allhoff
Series Title
International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine
Series Volume
41
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6912-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6912-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6911-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7761-5
Series ISSN
1567-8008
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 274
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