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Medicine in Uniform
September 15, 1999

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JAMA. 1999;282(11):1027. doi:10.1001/jama.282.11.1027-JMU91002-3-1

Military aircraft have been flying scientific support missions to Antarctica for years, but the latest flight to the South Pole is the most unusual yet.

Air Force regular and reserve members flew to Hawaii and New Zealand, then on to Antarctica to parachute medical supplies to a physician at the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott South Pole research facility. Aided by radio and Internet communications, the physician is treating a woman who found a lump in her breast. She is one of 41 persons, including 10 women, staffing the facility.

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