Advances in medical care for wounded troops in Iraq, Afghanistan
In treating more than 50,000 wounded Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, military doctors and medics have gained hard-won evidence for what equipment and techniques offer the best odds for wounded warriors – knowledge already being applied in civilian emergency care.
Accelerated medicine
War generally acts as an accelerator for medicine. Many things that may already be in the pipeline are sped along by the urgency of caring for a great number of complex trauma cases.
— Dr. Dale Smith, a medical historian and senior vice president of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Brain scans
Traumatic brain injuries have affected hundreds of thousands of troops hurt in explosions and accidents in Iraq and Afghanistan, which accelerated the development of methods to monitor and treat the injuries, including brain scans like this soldier is receiving.