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Conclusion: Military Medical Ethics and Just War: The 21st Century and Beyond 

Conclusion: Military Medical Ethics and Just War: The 21st Century and Beyond
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Conclusion: Military Medical Ethics and Just War: The 21st Century and Beyond
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Michael L. Gross

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190694944.003.0014
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date: 22 January 2022

Rounding out Military Medical Ethics in Contemporary Armed Conflict, the conclusion first highlights the signposts that lead the reader to understand how the ethics of war is inseparable from the ethics of military medicine. Military medicine must serve just war. Historically, just wars are defensive or humanitarian. But things may change. So next, we look to the future. Past wars do not necessarily predict coming conflicts. Future wars will see novel weapons and new adversaries drawing from nation-states, nonstates, criminals, and unknown assailants. Nevertheless, the experience of recent wars, particularly those in Iraq and Afghanistan, offers important lessons to guide military medicine as war evolves into ways we can anticipate and in ways we cannot.

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