"Devil Docs"

  1. Hi Everyone;

    I was just reading CNN.com and taking a look at an article entitled "Devil Docs treat friend and foe alike."

    It refers to the US Navy medical team in Iraq that is treating people who come in with injuries whether they are allies or enemies. They treat people in the order of need...so if an ally has a gun shot wound in his leg and an Iraqi has a gun shot would near his chest, the Iraqi is treated first.

    I have two questions:

    1. Do you think this is the way it should be even with the tactics the Iraqis have been using? Such as dressing in civilian clothing and ambushing US and British forces?

    2. Any idea where that name comes from? I can only think its from enemies but maybe someone else knows different.

  2. 22 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    If the USA claims moral superiority ( and for the record I agree with this assessment) they had better put their actions where their propaganda is. You can't neglect the needs of POW's and then bellyache if they are doing the same.
  4. by   AmyLiz
    I agree with canoehead. We need to be "the bigger person" in this case.

    I remember years ago that was brought up on a couple episodes of M*A*S*H actually. :wink2:
  5. by   Furball
    Why are they called "devil docs" when they are providing aid to the enemy? Or does the devil refer to the pts? POW's should receive medical care, that should go without saying. I hope the US stays on the high road.

    There's a secondary advantage to treating the POW's well.....that's the word of mouth news to Iraqi's that Americans really aren't that bad. Nothing wrong with that.....
  6. by   fab4fan
    Yes...it's called triage. The most severely injured are treated first,
  7. by   Webmaster_Jason
    I agree that the US needs to take the high road and its great we are being humanitarian about alot of this war...but my concern is that we are sacrificing american lives for Iraqis who continue to fight and kill our soldiers -- specifically those 50 marines who were killed when they called off air support because of civilians in the area---which turned out to be an iraqi militia who opened fire on them.
  8. by   fab4fan
    Sorry...it's the standing principle of triage.
  9. by   cindyln
    to go along with the geneva convention treatment of pow's they have to be provided with medical care. I support us taking care of them. It shows Iraq how pow's should be treated. I think Devil Docs come from a unit nickname.
  10. by   spineCNOR
    I believe the doc take their nickname from the US Marines nickname "Devil Dogs".

  11. by   Stargazer
    Originally posted by spineCNOR
    I believe the doc take their nickname from the US Marines nickname "Devil Dogs".

    Smedley? Someone named their kid SMEDLEY???

    Dude. No wonder he became a Marine.

    And just because, when you post to talk about an online article, it's fun to post a link to said article so we all have the same frame of reference, here's the CNN piece:

  12. by   fab4fan
    Stargazer...you are BAD!
  13. by   Stargazer
    Oops. :imbar Too bytchy? I could edit.

    Dammit, I will make people behave properly, even if I have to beat them with blunt instruments repeatedly!
  14. by   fab4fan
    Well, FYI, I'm not a slow learner, so you only have to hit me once.