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The ‘peace role of healthcare during war: understanding the importance of medical impartiality
  1. Daniel Messelken
  1. CMME, University of Zurich, Center for Ethics, Zurich, CH 8008, Switzerland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Messelken, CMME, University of Zurich, Center for Ethics, Zurich, CH 8008, Switzerland; messelken{at}


This article argues that medical personnel of armed forces occupy a peace role , which continues and dominates their professional ethos during armed conflict. The specific role and its associated legal and ethical obligations are elaborated, and on that basis arguments are provided why and how the work of military healthcare providers is interpreted as a continuation of peace during war.

  • military medicine
  • IHL
  • role of military medical personnel
  • military medical ethics
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  • Contributors DM did the research and wrote the article.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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