Charles G. Green Jr., MD
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To the Editors: I take issue with the editorial by Dr. Porter (1) in which he states that a physician in essence becomes unethical when he becomes a combatant. Unfortunately, despite the Geneva Convention, the modern-day battlefield does not necessarily offer a distinction between combatant and non-combatant. Although we, as physicians, attest to this distinction in theory, those who have served in a combat zone understand the situation differently. Having recently returned from the Gulf War, I am convinced that my fellow physicians, who were indeed armed, would not have hesitated to use their weapons either in a defensive or
Green CG. The Doctor's Role in Wartime. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:331. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-4-331_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(4):331.
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