Martha Bebinger covers health care and other general assignments for Boston's public radio station WBUR. She also created and frequently contributes to HealthCareSavvy, WBUR’s community of patients starting to shop for health care. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, class of 2010.
One betrays his or her sense of what’s right, under orders, in a high-stakes situation. By the mid-1990s, psychologist Jonathan Shay called the condition that results “moral injury.” The idea is gaining traction among researchers, veterans and the military — but not everyone is embracing the idea.
There's growing interest in a condition known as moral injury -- or, wounds to a veteran's spirit or soul from events that "transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations." The concept has helped one Marine better understand what years of PTSD treatment never fully addressed.