AMA Journal of Ethics®

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. October 2007, Volume 9, Number 10

Ethics Poll

Doctors and the Military

The goals of the medical profession and the military profession--and the duties those goals impose--are not incompatible. One person can serve in both professions at the same time.
Service in noncombat military roles, in the U.S. Public Health Service Corps, or in similar national public health roles should be mandatory for all physicians because all physician training is financed, at least in part, by public dollars.
Popular television ("24") and film ("Syriana") offerings depict violent, aggressive acts in the service of national defense. On balance, do you think these shows:
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