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Our 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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Baby Smiling

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5/23/2022
Baby Smiling

The shortage of baby formula is having an impact on millions of families, including military families. Learn what TRICARE does and doesn't cover.

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How MHS Video Connect Improves Mission Effectiveness and Care Quality

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5/18/2022
How MHS Video Connect Improves Mission Effectiveness and Care Quality

Army Lt. Col (Dr.) Robert Cornfeld explains how MHS Video Connect's convenient, secure, and easy-to-use virtual video visit capability helps providers keep patients on mission and improves engagement with them, directly leading to better health outcomes.

Cancer Moonshot 2

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5/18/2022
Cancer Moonshot 2

The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) hosted a Department of Defense Cancer Moonshot Roundtable, "A Conversation on Cancer Health Equity and Military-relevant Environmental Exposures," on May 4. (Photo: Courtesy of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)

Military Medical Museum Celebrates 160th birthday with mobile app

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5/17/2022
Military Medical Museum Celebrates 160th birthday with mobile app

National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, Maryland, visitor uses the NMHM mobile app while looking at objects from the Innovations in Military Medicine Gallery.

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'America’s first brain surgeon' served during Civil War and World War I

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5/17/2022
'America’s first brain surgeon' served during Civil War and World War I

Dr. William Williams Keen Jr was a medical surgeon during the Civil War who afterwards advocated and researched medical advances so the horrors of Civil War-era medicine would not occur again. He also served in the Army during World War I.

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Anita Fligge

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5/13/2022
Anita Fligge

Defense Health Agency Chief Nursing Officer Air Force Brig. Gen. Anita Fligge. (Photo: Courtesy of Air Force Brig. Gen. Anita Fligge)

Every May is Mental Health Month

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5/13/2022
Every May is Mental Health Month

Every May is Mental Health Month. If you know someone in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line: 988, Option 1 (Photo: MHS Communications)

Nina Hoskins

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5/13/2022
Nina Hoskins

Second Lt. Nina Hoskins, 81st Surgical Operations Squadron operating room nurse, briefs Col. Debra Lovette, 81st Training Wing commander, and other base leadership on robotics surgery capabilities inside the robotics surgery clinic at the Keesler Medical Center June 16, 2017. (Photo: Kemberly Groue, U.S. Air Force)

Iraq Bomb Attack Led Soldier to Pursue Medical Career

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5/12/2022
Iraq Bomb Attack Led Soldier to Pursue Medical Career

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mathew Maxwell (Left) and U.S. Capt. Brian Ahern, medical personnel assigned to a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery team, check the pulse of a local villager during excavation operations in the Houaphan province, Laos, Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Michael O'Neal)

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Expeditionary Medical Integration

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5/12/2022
Expeditionary Medical Integration

U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy Corpsmen with 1st Marine Division asses the injuries under the supervision of evaluators during an Expeditionary Medical Integration Course (EMIC) on Camp Pendleton, California May 5, 2022.

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New Deputy Director

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5/10/2022
New Deputy Director

Defense Health Agency (DHA) Director Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ron Place, left, swears in Dr. Michael Malanoski as new DHA Deputy Director, in Falls Church, Virginia, May 9, 2022.

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LRMC provides skin cancer screenings

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5/10/2022
LRMC provides skin cancer screenings

U.S. Air Force Maj. Shannon Buck, a dermatologist at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC), provides a skin cancer screening for military spouse Judy Srey on May 3, 2022. Photo By John Ciccarelli

MilKid Digital Health

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5/10/2022
MilKid Digital Health

With younger patients less hesitant to use digital health tools, providing them mobile applications may be a great solution to keep them healthy. (Photo: DHA Connected Health Branch)

HJF HMM Awards

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5/6/2022
HJF HMM Awards

Army Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Ron Place, director of DHA (left); Dr. Michael Helwig, HJF’s 2022 Hero of Military Medicine Civilian Honoree; and Joseph Caravalho, Jr., president and CEO of HJF, at the 2022 Heroes of Military Medicine award ceremony, May 5. (Photo: Courtesy of HJF)

Courtney Ebeling deployed to Bangor, Maine

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5/5/2022
Courtney Ebeling deployed to Bangor, Maine

In 2022, Air Force Capt. Courtney Ebeling deployed to Bangor, Maine to support local hospitals with their COVID-19 response. (Photo: Courtesy of Air Force Capt. Courtney Ebeling)

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