A Battle of Nerves
This post was written as part of a class assignment from students who took a neuroethics course with Dr. Rommelfanger in Paris of Summer 2016.
|Soldier from the US Army, image courtesy of Wikipedia
Such data has already impacted the way we think about and treat PTSD. PTSD is being treated more seriously as an illness, and the military has given credence to ongoing research on neurological injuries by requiring soldiers to wear gauges that register possible concussions and brain injuries that could contribute to PTSD and also register other brain injury related sequelae, like memory loss and mood changes. This implementation, however, imposes a series of questions. What about soldiers who want to continue fighting despite potential brain injury? Is it ethical to pull soldiers out of a crucial operation? Against their will? Currently, a team has developed a checklist to identify concussed soldiers, but six versions of the checklist had to be created because so many soldiers were memorizing the correct answers in order to stay on the battlefield .
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