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March 23, 1994

Changing of the Medical Guard in Croatia

JAMA. 1994;271(12):894. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510360014007

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THE US NAVY now will be providing medical support for the 28000 troops from 24 nations that make up the United Nations Protection Force for the wartorn Balkans.

Richard I. Ridenour, MD, a two-star admiral who now is deputy surgeon general of the US Navy (JAMA. 1991;265: 692-693), was present last week as naval medical personnel began taking over from US Air Force physicians, nurses, and technicians at Camp Pleso Air Base in the Zagreb, Croatia, northern region of the former Yugoslavia. US Army medical personnel were the first to provide medical support, arriving in November 1992 and subsequently being relieved by a US Air Force air transportable hospital team.

See also p 898.

In its first 6 months in Croatia, the US Army's 212th MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) treated more than 5000 patients from 35 nations and performed more than 200 surgical procedures in its 60-bed facility. Between

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