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Military Medical History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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Borden Institute releases fifth edition of Emergency War Surgery book

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1/25/2019
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Emergency War Surgery fifth revision published

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1918 Spanish Influenza

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10/16/2018
1918 Spanish Influenza

The 1918 Spanish Influenza killed 21-50 million people worldwide, and there's a surprising connection to military medicine.

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Shok Valley medic to receive Medal of Honor

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9/26/2018
Former Army Staff Sgt. Ronald J. Shurer II will receive the Medal of Honor at an Oct. 1, 2018, White House ceremony for going above and beyond the call of duty April 6, 2008, while assigned to Special Operations Task Force 33 in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. (Photo courtesy of Ronald J. Shurer II)

A former medic with the 3rd Special Forces Group will receive the Medal of Honor

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Military doctors and the president

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9/4/2018
Military doctors and the president

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln's first responder was a military doctor? Military medicine has come a long way since Lincoln's assassination. Watch this video to learn more.

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Borden Institute encourages submission of new publication ideas

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8/29/2018
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Art and science of military medicine submissions encouraged

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Paul Revere

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7/3/2018
Paul Revere

Before his midnight ride, Paul Revere was an amateur dentist. See how his work during the Revolutionary War inspired the use of dental identification on the battlefield and beyond.

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Vietnam Vascular Registry helps veteran reunite with doctors

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3/13/2018
The Vietnam Vascular Registry, developed by Dr. Norman Rich at Walter Reed General Hospital, documented and analyzed blood vessel injuries in Vietnam. Each patient entered into the registry was assigned a consecutive number and given a vascular registry card, such as this one. (Courtesy photo by Dr. Norm Rich)

The Vietnam Vascular Registry, developed by Dr. Norman Rich at Walter Reed General Hospital, documented and analyzed blood vessel injuries in Vietnam

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New exhibit at military medical museum features gas warfare during World War I

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2/21/2018
Two soldiers participate in gas warfare training at Fort Myer, Virginia in 1917. Soldiers were drilled to maintain “gas discipline” and use their gas mask at the first instant the presence of chemical agents are detected. (Reeve 001061, Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and Medicine)

A new exhibit at the NMHM reveals how American military medicine responded to chemical warfare on the battlefields of France during the Great War

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Dr. Charles Drew: The Man Who Saved a Million Soldiers' Lives

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2/9/2017
Dr. Charles Drew: The Man Who Saved a Million Soldiers' Lives

During African American History Month we celebrate Charles Drew, who revolutionized the blood collection and distribution process and developed large-scale blood banks, allowing medics to save untold numbers of lives during World War II. Drew’s methods are still used to save lives in the armed forces today.

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Defense Health Agency Overview

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2/9/2017

Defense Health Agency Overview

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Overview of Air Force Medical Service

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2/9/2017

Overview of Air Force Medical Service

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Overview of Coast Guard Health Services

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2/9/2017

Overview of Coast Guard Health Services

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Overview of Navy Medicine

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2/9/2017

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Defense Health Board History

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11/1/2016

Defense Health Board History briefing to the Defense Health Board, Nov. 1, 2016.

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