The rights and duties of physicians in armed conflict
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Militair rechtelijk tijdschrift, Vol. 103, no. 5, 2010, p. 205-221
Recently, questions resurfaced concerning the duties of physicians in armed conflicts : namely the role of physicians in reporting violations of international humanitarian law, especially torture, and their own involvement in such practices. Through scrutinizing the protection of the wounded and sick, both combatant and civilian, on the one hand, and the protection of medical personnel on the other, this article sheds light on the parameters of medical treatment in armed conflict. The conclusion must be that although international humanitarian law provides a workable, intricate, and detailed basis for the work of physicians in armed conflict, the ethical boundaries of medical care and the associated possibility of "medical" grave breaches deserve further study and attention.