Soldiers Magazine

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Articles from Vol. 66, No. 5, May

68W Battlefield First Responders
"MEDIC!" This cry has been heard on battlefields for centuries, beginning with Baron Dominique-Jean Larrey's establishment of battlefield medical treatment during the Napoleonic wars. Larrey, Napoleon Bonaparte's surgeon, developed the most comprehensive...
Army Medicine Focuses on Patient-Centered Care
"A health care team that knows you well, takes care of your needs, coordinates other parts of the health care system and keeps the patient at the center--would you like that kind of care? People who answer yes to that will be happy with what we're...
Army Medicine's Culture of Trust
IN September 2010, the Army surgeon general authorized the creation of a task force to build a culture of trust throughout Army medicine--continuing its heritage of bringing value and inspiring trust with patients. As the surgeon general stated: "The...
Army Tightens Belt for Fiscal Year 2012
THE Army's fiscal year 2012 budget HE request includes funding for a 1.5-percent pay raise for Soldiers, a 3.1-percent increase in housing allowance, and a 3.4-percent increase in subsistence. But the $144.9-billion Army base budget request for...
Could Be More Than a 'Headache'
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT do a Soldier, a pro football player and hometown girls' soccer team have in common? A propensity for traumatic brain injuries. The term sounds scary, but it refers to one of the most common injury types. "Most mild...
Easing the Pain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] PAIN is everywhere. It can be dull and fleeting muscle aches or fiery, chronic back pain. It can be the result of day-to-day life or stem from a specific injury--in other words, pain is unavoidable. However, pain does not...
Eight Posts Try out New Fitness Tests
FOR the first time since 1980, the Army's physical fitness test is being overhauled and may be replaced by both the Army Physical Readiness Test and the Army Combat Readiness Test. Over the next few months, the two tests are being conducted at eight...
Front Lines in the Nano War: Army's Infectious Disease Researchers Battle Unseen Enemy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE enemy is stealthy. The enemy is lethal. The enemy is among us. Invading its host, it employs every subversive strategy--evading surveillance, blending in. It travels swiftly and undetected, replicates by the thousands...
Health Advice at Your Fingertips: Countering Health Threats before Deploying
ANYONE who has ever deployed knows there are many protective actions that need to be taken prior to going overseas. Servicemembers often create Family care plans to ensure their children have care if needed, write wills to ensure smooth transfers...
Protecting the Mental Health of the Force
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOLDIERS take care of Soldiers. Period. It doesn't matter whether it's a commander or noncommissioned officer keeping an eye on a young specialist, or two battle buddies watching out for each other. It doesn't matter if...
Regenerative Medicine Working Wonders
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOME practices of military medicine were largely unchanged over the past decade, until 2008 when the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine was established. The AFIRM set out to research the feats of regeneration...
Stopping the Runaround: New Disability Evaluation Systems Benefits Soldiers
A joint initiative between the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs aims to simplify and streamline the delivery of disability services and benefits for wounded, injured or ill servicemembers who are unable to continue service....
The Pulse of Army Medicine
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] AS far as the Army surgeon general is concerned, even one patient is one too many. Lieutenant Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, who is also commander of the Army Medical Command, said that although Army doctors and medics are among...
Those First Precious Minutes: Battlefield Medicine & Urgency to Save Soldiers
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Gold and platinum aren't rare elements on today's front lines. Army doctors, nurses and medics are measuring the speeds of battlefield care in a "golden hour" and a few "platinum minutes" daily in Iraq and Afghanistan. ...