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Health Agencies Update
June 16, 1999

Protecting the Troops

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JAMA. 1999;281(23):2175. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2175-JHA90004-2-1

Military commanders should be better trained to consider the potential long-term health effects of radiation and other potential hazards that could be encountered in either hostile or peacekeeping operations, according to a new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM). Currently, military leaders focus on acute injuries that could affect the ability to carry out the mission in assessing risks of a planned military action, leaving long-term health consequences to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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