Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NATO Review: War and medecine - 100 years after the Great War


JUNE 2014 


War and medicine - 100 years after the Great War

War and medicine - 100 years after the Great War

Many of us benefit every day from advances which started within the military, such as SatNav systems in our cars. In this edition, we ask whether medicine advanced due to the innovations that started 100 years ago in World War I. For example, do today's PTSD sufferers benefit from the mistakes made with shellshock sufferers all those years ago? And how much is there a link between how today's ambulances treat people and the lessons learned on the battlefields of the Great War? Read more
Was World War I good for medicine?

Was World War I good for medicine?

From 1914's grim reality to today's virtual reality, this mini documentary looks at how health care played a key role in the 1914-18 war. It hears how most soldiers actually survived the trenches, but were at great threat from infection and disease. Today's combat treatment can often be traced back to improvements made in the Great War. But does this mean that war is good for medicine? Read more
Photostory - what a WWI soldier could expect

Photostory - what a WWI soldier could expect

This photostory shows what a soldier fighting in World War I could expect in terms of weapons he could face, injuries he could expect and healthcare he would receive. Warning: some may find certain images disturbing. Read more
Book review: Medicine and Modern Warfare

Book review: Medicine and Modern Warfare

There were many medical challenges to the military over the last century. One of them, sexually transmitted diseases, may seem trivial to today's eyes. But in the days before penicillin, this kind of condition could take thousands of men out of action. Isabel Fernandez reviews essays on this and other lessons from 'Medicine and Modern Warfare'. Read more

100 years of changing combat, changing health care

100 years of changing combat, changing health care

How do developments of military medical care in the last century look to a military medic? NATO Review asked the medical advisor to the NATO International Military Staff to provide an outline of how he sees the changes in treatment, approach and attitude to treating injuries over the last century - and the effect they've had on how the military works. Read more

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