Doctors are not soldiers: Sometimes, a good moral compass may override what might be expected.

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Date: June 1, 2021
From: Ophthalmology Times(Vol. 46, Issue 9)
Publisher: Intellisphere, LLC
Document Type: Article
Length: 638 words
Lexile Measure: 1280L

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In his book The Rising Tide, Jeff Shaara chronicles the Allied effort in North Africa and Sicily, Italy, during World War I II. One of the vignettes describes the encounter of the American general, George S. Patton, with a soldier suffering from shell shock in a US Army field hospital. Patton accused the soldier of cowardice, slapped him, and demanded his removal from the hospital because he did not deserve to be in the presence of his fellow soldiers with physical injuries.

Although there were many witnesses to this event, all remained silent except for a physician who documented the unprofessional behavior of the general and named the various witnesses in a report that went to Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of the Allied forces. Eisenhower felt compelled to punish Patton, whom he considered one of his most effective generals, by taking away his command.

Reflecting on the incident, Eisenhower noted that "if not for the indignation of one...

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