Managing casualties of warBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6957.806b (Published 24 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:806
- J M Ryan,
- P Beale
- 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 …