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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Jan 2006 13:38    Onderwerp: Medicine at War Reageer met quote

Medicine at War

War is a thoroughly unhealthy activity. Is there any practical or moral purpose in medical involvement, with death and destruction all around?

The dead are dead and nothing can be done for them but if nothing more, it is bad for morale, at the front and at home, to leave the wounded untended. Public sentiment at least demands that provision should be made for their treatment. It may willingly accept the sacrifice of lives but it will balk at the neglect of those who survive.

Crucially also, military medical services can contribute to military strength and efficiency. Men restored to health can return to the line. Otherwise they are lost, just as much as if they had been killed, or captured by the enemy and made prisoners-of-war.

As illustration, by 1918 there were almost 2,000,000 British & Dominion troops on the ration strength in France & Flanders of whom non-effectives including sick and wounded comprised 6%, almost 120,000 men. Reducing that non-effective proportion by just ˝% could release over 10,000 men to the front.

Equally, a medical service consumes resources, diminishing fighting efficiency. Doctors and nurses with their supporting personnel in field ambulances and military hospitals and back along the lines of supply make no direct contribution in battle, but they still need food and accommodation and they and their equipment need transport. Casualties too need accommodation and transport. All of that might otherwise be available to support the efforts of the fighting troops; with the additional support they might achieve more in battle, and more quickly, which is the whole point of the enterprise. They might also sustain less casualties.

Front line medical personnel are themselves at risk, potentially increasing the casualty rate. Fighting troops may be required to protect the medical facilities themselves. Stretcher bearers coming down the support trenches get in the way of reinforcements going up to the front line.

So decisions whether and how far to provide medical services are bound to be determined at least as much by military economics as by any humanitarian considerations.

Human affairs are never dictated solely by logic, in war any more than in peace, but having crossed the moral Rubicon and accepted that lives are expendable in pursuit of military and political objectives, it is illogical then to draw much distinction between modes of dying. A death is a death, whether a man is allowed to die of his wounds through military necessity whom better medical treatment might have saved, or that same necessity sends another into battle where he is killed outright. Marshal Joffre believed it took 10-15,000 deaths to train a major-general.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 22 Jan 2006 14:07    Onderwerp: Re: Medicine at War Reageer met quote

Yvonne @ 22 Jan 2006 13:38 schreef:
Medicine at War

As illustration, by 1918 there were almost 2,000,000 British & Dominion troops on the ration strength in France & Flanders of whom non-effectives including sick and wounded comprised 6%, almost 120,000 men. Reducing that non-effective proportion by just ˝% could release over 10,000 men to the front.



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BerichtGeplaatst: 27 Feb 2010 21:56    Onderwerp: Re: Medicine at War Reageer met quote

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BerichtGeplaatst: 28 Feb 2010 13:01    Onderwerp: Re: Medicine at War Reageer met quote

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BerichtGeplaatst: 01 Mrt 2010 13:01    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Volgens mij heb ik 'm... Is het deze?
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