One needs only to think of the treatment of wounds, the ligation of arteries, and the management of burns to realize the debt medicine as a whole owes to military medicine. Great military campaigns on the modern scale are possible only because of the discoveries of medicine in the fields of hygiene and preventive medicine, to which military surgeons have made great and significant contributions, such as control of yellow fever and enteric disease and the conquest of scurvy, to name only a few. In modern times the management of injuries due to toxic gases and, more recently, to radiation has depended entirely on military sources. The recognition of these special services is important to the acceptance of the military surgeon as a specialist.
Lee RV. MILITARY MEDICINE-A SPECIALTY AND A CAREER. JAMA. 1957;165(7):805–807. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980250039009
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