Managing casualties of war

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6957.806b (Published 24 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:806
  1. J M Ryan,
  2. P Beale
  1. Defence Medical Services Directorate, London WC1X 8RX.

    EDITOR, - We cannot agree with Robin M Coupland's suggestion that military medical forces and their medical planners, working for the United Nations under a humanitarian mandate, should abandon their traditional military approach to managing the casualties of war for an epidemiological one. Two dissimilar situations are being equated to obtain a single doctrine. This will not work.

    The driving force for the military is to evacuate casualties from the front line as …

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