Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Public Health in a Military Setting

For anyone interested in the military system of delivering medical care and offering public health interventions, here is a link to a perspective piece in the NEJM this week:

It deals with issues of protecting the health and welfare of our soldiers while they are deployed.  In fact, throughout history, many more casualties in war stem from disease and other public health concerns and do not come directly from combat itself.  We're doing better these days, but a lot of the success hinges on whether or not soldiers are compliant with the interventions recommended.  For example, as a consequence of not adhering with anti-malarial prophylaxis, a large section of a unit of marines needed to be evacuated to the states for treatment of ... malaria.

Take a moment and check out the article!

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