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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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Navy entomologists

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8/25/2015
Navy entomologists

Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Taylor Boynton, a preventive medicine representative, assembles mosquito traps.

Virtual reality machine

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8/25/2015
Virtual reality machine

Navy Cdr. Jena Vedder, a clinic manager with National Intrepid Center of Excellence, demonstrates the center’s Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN)

CCATT delivers critical care in the air

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8/24/2015
CCATT delivers critical care in the air

Air Force Capt. Deann Hoelscher (right), 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron Critical Care Air Transport Team physician deployed from the 60th Medical Group at Travis Air Force Base, California, and U.S. Capt. Jason Frias, 455th EAES CCATT critical care nurse, also deployed from the 60th Medical Group at Travis AFB, ensure a patient is properly secured prior to an aeromedical evacuation mission aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Tony Wickman)

Dont get computer eyes

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8/24/2015
Dont get computer eyes

Sitting in front of a computer for hours can make your eyes tired, and your visual performance can suffer.

Army Reserve command helps increase medical readiness

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8/21/2015
Army Reserve command helps increase medical readiness

Private Jeanette Lee of the Army Reserve’s 244th Aviation Brigade undergoes vision screening during a mass medical-readiness event hosted by the Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. More than 300 Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers had the opportunity to take care of their Periodic Health Assessments, dental exams, vision screenings, HIV blood draws, immunizations, hearing tests and temporary or permanent profiles during the event. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Salvatore Ottaviano)

MHS Research Symposium wraps up, but knowledge gained will save lives for years to come

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8/21/2015
MHS Research Symposium wraps up, but knowledge gained will save lives for years to come

Dr. David Smith, deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Health Readiness Policy and Oversight, addresses attendees of the MHS Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Smith said the knowledge learned at the conference will pay dividends for military medical research for years to come.

USNS Mercy Millinocket arrive in Vietnam for Pacific Partnership

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8/21/2015
USNS Mercy Millinocket arrive in Vietnam for Pacific Partnership

Crewmembers of the hospital ship USNS Mercy train to participate in a mass casualty drill during Pacific Partnership 2015 recently. The current stop in Vietnam will culminate in a disaster medicine drill where both U.S. and Vietnamese medical personnel will participate both on and off USNS Mercy. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class William McCann)

Military researchers study how to prevent injuries from keeping warfighters down

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8/20/2015
Military researchers study how to prevent injuries from keeping warfighters down

Army Sgt. Jonathan Reiff, team leader attached to the Laghman Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, lifts his 80-pound ruck sack as he prepares to leave for a multiple day mission.

Hemorrhage control

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8/19/2015
Hemorrhage control

New tourniquets are credited with saving between 1,500 and 2,000 military personnel during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Navy Joint Exercise

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8/19/2015
Navy Joint Exercise

A Navy doctor and Corpsmen treat a soldier in a medical exercise.

AF Medicine Training Exercise

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8/19/2015
AF Medicine Training Exercise

Air Force medical personnel check for puncture wounds on a simulated head wound victim during a training exercise.

Air Evac1

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8/18/2015
Air Evac1

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron provide in flight medical care to injured service members on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft that departed Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, heading for medical care in Germany.

separation

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8/18/2015
separation

Deployment and other military-related separations can be tough on families, but many families can (and do) learn how to adapt to them.

MHSRS Global Engagement

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8/18/2015
MHSRS Global Engagement

Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Edrik Nillo, prepares blood for medical procedures aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy on its way to Papua New Guinea during Pacific Partnership 2015.

MHSRS Kellermann

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8/17/2015
MHSRS Kellermann

After a recent attack on a U.S. military installation in Kabul, Afghanistan, left service members injured, getting them from the battlefield to higher-level care was a task assigned to military healthcare.

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