Post Reply Military Medicine
Posted 11/12/08 , edited 11/12/08
Well, to start; military medicine has a few functions.
1: A medical specialty focusing on the prevention and intervention of infectious diseases and the like. (Tropical diseases and such) More Modernly, it includes studying the health effects of operating submarines, tanks, helicopters, and airplanes
2: The logical and tactical deployment of military hospitals to support deployed troops.
3:This is to give soldiers (or veterans) the healthcare they need during times of peace.
4:To make advances within the field of military medicine, these advances usually pertain to problems soldiers are facing. (E.G Unclean drinking water, diseases such as Crimean Fever)

Now military medicine has developed through the ages from cabs pulled by horses to ambulances with at least an X-ray machine inside. Before many advances in science such as vaccines, infection control, and radiation; their usefulness during war-times could be debatable. And as I've used up all my energy typing tis short paragraph, you find the first era to debate about
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Posted 11/13/08 , edited 11/14/08
Well I heard that back in the days the hospitals for the troops were so bad to be in that when it came to wounds, the best solution was amputation. I mean for that the conditions in those hospitals must have been that bad. So I'm not thinking it was that effective in the past.

I think its more about the medical revolution more then ever. I mean the medical revolution is inversely related to the industrial revolution. Because of technology the supply of medicines have increased, the time to treat patients that have ICU cases has increased and the ability to react quicker has increased along with much more. Thus with saying that i believe it might not be to perfection but it sure has advanced by far in these times.
Posted 12/30/08 , edited 12/30/08
Military hospitals have advanced tremendously......
For Kilu, the mass amputations was during the civil war, now many times they can save your limbs but not always. Medicine has improved but not as fast as other areas. The one problem you have in advances of medical science is it increases your casualty rate. More soldiers are treated and then sent home but not fully treated. The VA is notorious for it's waiting lists and misdiagnoses. You have better luck under private insurance if you are an ex-soldier. But back to the advancements......we do have better health care and imaging yes but in the field hospitals most of these advancements are still sadly missing in most cases, it all still comes down to your survivability, and how long you can hold out til they can get you to a secondary or base facility.
Posted 1/26/09 , edited 1/27/09
Sadly the above statement is quite accurate about the field medicine. Often times we are short staffed, under supplied and have to make do. We hate to over look one soldier over another because we don't have enough people or supplies to take care of them all, but it can be like this even in a modern hospital. So it's not just the military that has this logistical problem.
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