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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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Troops Fighting Ebola Face Bigger Enemies

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2/18/2015
Troops Fighting Ebola Face Bigger Enemies

Army Col. Jim Czarnik, Command Surgeon for US. Army Africa, speaks with local Liberia news representatives about how the mobile testing lab runs and what steps to take to protect against Ebola. The mobile testing lab has changed the wait time for positive or negative results on Ebola from days into hours (Photo courtesy: U.S. Army Africa).

Reducing stigma associated with behavioral health treatment

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2/17/2015
Reducing stigma associated with behavioral health treatment

A soldier from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, completes a survey designed to determine his attitudes and opinions about mental health treatment, Aug. 17, on Fort Stewart, Ga. The survey represents the second phase of a study taking place within the Marne Division to collect data to create an intervention for soldiers focused on reducing the stigma of seeking behavioral health treatment.

Measles Outbreak Reinforces Need for Vaccines

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2/12/2015
Measles Outbreak Reinforces Need for Vaccines

U.S. Army Capt. Courtney Legendre, a physician assistant with the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, examines a child with the help of U.S. Air Force Maj. Andrew A. Herman, a medical planner in the CJTF-HOA Surgeon Cell in Kakute, Uganda, April 23, 2013. (Photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Ouellette)

Air Force Ebola support winds down

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2/9/2015
Air Force Ebola support winds down

Maj. Mayra Zapata, 633rd Medical Operations Squadron, gets her temperature taken by Tech. Sgt. Saquadrea Crosby, 86th Aerospace Medicine Squadron public health NCOIC, as she deplanes a C-130J Super Hercules at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Oct. 19, 2014. Any personnel traveling into Ramstein from Ebola infected areas will be medically screened upon their arrival and cleared by public health for onward travel to ensure the health and safety of all passengers, aircrew and members of the Kaiserslautern community. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Sara Keller)

Emerging communicatios capability set to save lives during critical enroute care operations

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2/6/2015
Emerging communicatios capability set to save lives during critical enroute care operations

A data network specialist from Headquarters Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group, communicates with an MV-22 Osprey pilot during an en-route care exercise aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015. During the four-day exercise, corpsmen trained to prepare a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force group that is going to forward deploy later this year. The more than 40 corpsmen set up a shock trauma platoon facility, or mobile emergency room, to treat simulated casualties. The casualties were stabilized in the STP and then flown out via aircraft. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Laura Gauna/Released)

Face of Defense: Clinicians help deployed troops

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2/2/2015
Face of Defense: Clinicians help deployed troops

Lt. Cmdr. Mahmoud Ahmed, a Navy psychiatrist, left, speaks with a patient at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Ehrenfeld

ARMEDCOM Soldiers

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2/2/2015
ARMEDCOM Soldiers

Capt. Phan K. Ouellette, an Army nurse at the Army Reserve Medical Command, Pinellas Park, Fla., said when she was growing up she wanted to be a Soldier, but the boys told her she had to be a nurse -- now she is both. The 114th birthday of the Army Nurse Corps is Feb. 2, 2015.

Healthy Base Initiative Mountain Home AFB

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1/22/2015
Healthy Base Initiative Mountain Home AFB

The 366th Force Support Squadron Youth Center Sports and Fitness Director Erin Arel helps a child improve his bank shot July 15, 2014, at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, one of 14 DoD installations participating in the Healthy Base Initiative (HBI).

Army Medics Going Beyond

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1/18/2015
Army Medics Going Beyond

Staff Sgt. Gordon Smith, senior Army Reserve medic for the 321st Engineer Battalion, drills questions in the face of a student medic during a training scenario, as part of an 18-day Sapper Advanced Tactical Medical Course taught at Gowen Field Air National Guard Base, Idaho, in January, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret)

Laboratory Airmen ensure healthy force

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1/15/2015
Laboratory Airmen ensure healthy force

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kristi Jordan, 97th Medical Support Squadron NCO in charge of laboratory service, draws blood from a patient at the laboratory, Jan. 13, 2015. There are a variety of samples collected at the laboratory to determine whether an individual is healthy or not, such as blood, urine or sweat sample tests. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Franklin R. Ramos/Released)

SMART program keeps medical Airmen mission ready for future conflicts

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1/15/2015
SMART program keeps medical Airmen mission ready for future conflicts

Second Lt. Theresa Jacobs-Bruner (left), 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron labor and delivery nurse, and Senior Airman Kayla Mills (center), 99th IPTS labor and delivery technician, brief Maj. Gen. Dorothy Hogg, U.S. Air Force director of medical operations and research and chief of the nurse corps, on the operations and capabilities of the labor and delivery ward at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 13, 2015. Hogg was visiting Nellis and the nearby University Medical Center of Southern Nevada to discuss the benefits of the Sustained Medical and Readiness Trained, or SMART, program. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler)

Sculpting Molds Recovery for Army Truck Driver

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1/13/2015
Sculpting Molds Recovery for Army Truck Driver

Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Meadows works on a mixed media sculpture during an art therapy session at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital's Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic. Looking on is Jackie Biggs, an art therapist who manages the program for Wounded Warriors in the TBI Clinic. Meadows, who is assigned to Fort Belvoir's Warrior Transition Battalion, suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2012 when his vehicle was struck from behind in Afghanistan. (Department of Defense photo by Marc Barnes)

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