A military physician is the only surgeon in a small clinic near an active combat zone. An enemy soldier is brought in, badly injured and requiring surgery to save his life.
At the same time, a radio report says there’s a helicopter inbound with an injured soldier (on the doctor’s side), who also requires life-saving surgery. ETA: 20 minutes.
The highest ranking officer in the clinic is not a physician. He orders the doctor to wait for the incoming soldier, and not to treat the enemy soldier until the other has been operated on.
As a doctor, he has a medical, professional obligation to treat whoever is in front of him. As a military officer, he has an obligation to follow the legal orders of his superiors. He knows the enemy soldier before him right now will die without immediate surgery.
What should he do?