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[KOREAN-WAR-L:11342] Re: MASH ethics
In a message dated 2/11/2004 10:16:28 PM Central Standard Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>>At 09:49 PM 2/11/2004, you wrote:
>Well, see, there's something else I didn't know. I didn't
>know that it was a real unit...<<
The MASH on TV was fictional but there were a number of MASH units
throughout Korea during the war.
As for the ethics of taking off a limb to save a life, that decision was
strictly up to the Doctor since (during the Korean War and in previous
wars) a soldier had no say in his/her treatment.
>>I'm assuming that's the case in battle - even though I'm sure the guys
>front line would be free to complain to each other...or
>maybe I'm wrong ...could a soldier complain to a NCO about
>a tactic? Or to a higher-up? <<
You could (in theory) always challenge a plan or tactic until the order to
execute was given. At that point you were bound to follow orders.
The MASH unit I was in for 2-3 days was
run ( I think ) by Sweeds , and the Dr that looked in at me was Korean . He figured I had rat fever , dose any one remember
Jerry KW 51-52