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Much of the growth in military ethics education and training stems from the flagrant illegal orders and unethical medical conduct brought out during the Nuremberg trials. “Just following orders” would not exonerate a soldier or an officer for complying with direct or tangentially illegal or unethical orders. It was the crimes of Dr. Josef Mengele that galvanized the war crimes tribunal to lay down ten standards with which future physicians must conform when carrying out experiments on human subjects.
The principle of voluntary informed consent is to protect the right of the individual to control his own body, be he […]