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February 26, 1997

Military Physicians Face New Challenges as Bosnia Peacekeeping Effort Lengthens

JAMA. 1997;277(8):617-618. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540320019010

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PHYSICIANS and other US medical team members who go downrange to The Box contend—among other challenges—with pudding, battle rattle, and Groundhog Day.

American GIs always have been quick to provide nicknames for the places and circumstances they face, and the nowextended (until mid 1998) North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) peaceenforcement effort in the former Yugoslavia is no exception.

As US military physicians and their comrades use the term, to go "downrange" is to deploy to the US peaceenforcement sector (between the British and French sectors) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, usually from US Army or Air Force bases in Germany or even the United States.

Once in "The Box" (Bosnia), the deployed military physicians and other personnel join some 8375 US Army and Air Force men and women (and a few US civilians with special assignments) in contending with the "pudding" (mud), cold, rain or snow, fog, loneliness,