History of Military Medicine

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 02.01.04
  • NOVA

Over the last 150 years, new surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and speedy triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine. In this quiz, archival photos capture soldiers and doctors on and off the battlefield as well as the tools they used to practice combat medicine.

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Take a look at historical photos tracing milestones in military medicine, and test your knowledge of what they are.



(amputation kit)
Courtesy of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, Maryland
(latrine; Korean War helicopter, chemical suits)
© Corbis Images
(X-ray machine, shell shock, antibiotic, morphine, blood bank, artificial kidney)
Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Otis Archive
Courtesy of the National Archives
(reconstructive surgery)
Courtesy of The National Archives of Plastic Surgery in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
(smoke flare)
© Bettmann Archive/Corbis Images
Courtesy of HemCon, Hemorrhage Control Technologies

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