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Medical News & Perspectives
November 18, 1998

Troops Not Imperiled, but Locals Fear Winter in "The Powder Keg of Europe"

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JAMA. 1998;280(19):1646. doi:10.1001/jama.280.19.1646-JMN1118-2-1

MEDICINE CONTINUES to be part of the international effort to defuse "The Powder Keg of Europe"—the Balkans—nearly 8 years after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Most visible at the moment is medicine in the military, supporting troops from two score nations trying to restore and maintain peace. And, at least until fighting escalated in the Kosovo region of today's reduced-size and sometimes diplomatically unrecognized country of Yugoslavia, US Army peacekeeping participation was being reduced from the 20,000 who arrived in late 1995 to something over 7000 troops today and from 22 to 6 bases in Bosnia, but with enough military physicians to provide whatever care is needed.

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