Interesting series of articles in Time about PTSD.
This is the first in a series of posts on the ethical issues associated with treating post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
These are the two so-called “signature wounds” of our post 9/11 wars. Unlike physical trauma, they can take years to surface. They’re also not as easy to diagnose as typical war wounds. Treating them is going to become a bigger challenge as the wars wind down and the 2.5 million young men and women who served in them come home.
By ethical issues, I mean areas where there are no clear right and wrong answers. There are often competing priorities, depending on whose viewpoint you look through.
By definition, military medical personnel serve two—or more—masters:
— There is the care of the service member.
— There are the needs of the military.
— There are the needs of the United States, including national security, the Congress and…
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