Medical practice on the front line: separating the myths from the reality

Tracy L Smart
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05707.x
Published online: 1 December 2003

Medical officers (MOs) employed by the Armed Services are, in a sense, both doctors and warriors. The concept of being both a doctor and a warrior is quite difficult for many to grasp. How can someone who has elected to dedicate his or her life to healing be part of an organisation that may enter into armed conflict? How can healing and harming go hand in hand?

  • Tracy L Smart

  • 1 Based on a talk presented at the 3rd National Doctors’ Health Conference, “Surviving and thriving in medical practice”, Sydney, NSW, 13–14 September 2003, and adapted for publication by Dr Ann Gregory.
  • 2 RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, RAAF Base Edinburgh, SA.



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