January 2, 1991

Desert Shield Makes History

JAMA. 1991;265(1):16. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03460010013003

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AS DIPLOMATS have sought to defuse the Iraq-Kuwait crisis, military medicine has deployed more sophisticated resources a greater distance more rapidly than ever in history for the Desert Shield operation. In case of war, military physicians would rely on aeromedical evacuation, such as is done with the Air Force's C-9 Nightingale (top); on the hospital ships Mercy and Comfort, shown steaming together in the Persian Gulf (center); and on helicopter removal of wounded soldiers or marines from the battle zone, as is under way in this training exercise (bottom) (Air Force, Army, Navy photos)