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The aftermath of trauma

Shaili Jain Stanford University, Menlo Park, California, United States (Winter 2013)   The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States Government. This writing is a work of nonfiction. In an effort to […]

The wartime chemist

William S. Tierney Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Ohio, United States (Summer 2012)   My great-grandfather was a four-star general. During the First World War, he was a commander in the trenches near Flanders when the first chlorine-gas impregnated shells fell from German skies, giving birth to a new era of wartime trauma. He […]

Letter from South Sudan: war through a mother’s eyes

Wangira Dorcas Osunga Kenya Television Network, Nairobi (Summer 2014) Our village Mading is at the heart of South Sudan. We are 120 miles away from Juba, the capital. We are at the East Bank, fed by the White Nile. The weather is tropical, with a rare wet season. Our land is not green, nor does it […]

Building a legend

Vladimir J. Simunovic Split University, Croati (Summer 2014)     During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina the number of health care professionals declined precipitously. None of those who stayed were trained or mentally prepared to work under war conditions. Nobody had taught us skills that would be useful in war, and some of us found ourselves […]

Baron Dominique-Jean Larrey: founder of military surgery and trauma care,

Figure 1. Baron Dominique-Jean Larrey Stipple engraving by A. Tardie – Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons Stavros Gourgiotis Veterans’ Fund Hospital of Athens, Greece (Spring 2016)   Hippocrates stated that “war is the only proper school for surgeons.” War inevitably gives an impetus to surgical innovations and many advances in surgery have been made in […]

One by one

Sonia Sethi Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA (Spring 2016)   My mother was only five years old when my grandmother went off to war. She remembers waving goodbye, not comprehending the gravity of the situation until her mother embraced her and a teardrop fell silently on her forehead. My grandmother kissed her children, one by […]

Dr. Norman Bethune: a tale of military heroism

Dr. Satish Saroshe, M.G.M Medical College, Indore, India (Summer 2016)   A frontline surgeon, noted medical innovator, and early proponent of universal health care, Henry Norman Bethune was best known for his services in World War I, the Spanish Civil War, and above all for selfless work in war-torn China, treating sick Chinese villagers and […]

Union or Confederate, American Women Played Crucial Roles in the Civil War Effort

Sarah Bahr Indianapolis, IN (Summer 2016)   Filling Cartridges. Women working at the U.S. Arsenal, Watertown, Massachusetts. From Harper’s Weekly, July 1861. (Image: Library of Congress) “I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them,” Clara Barton, […]

“Dust Off” and the Power of Perseverance

Robert B. Robeson Lincoln, Nebraska (Summer 2016)   Dust Offs over Da Nang Harbor. March 1970. Photo by Chief Reporter Gunter Stiller, used with permission “…I think I should say one word, too, a special word, about the ‘Dust Offs’–the Medevacs. This was a great group of men. All those who flew them, all those […]

A message

Mira Talaja  Split, Croatia (Spring 2016)   Standing in a clearing on Lake Peruca, I awaited the completion of the negotiations and approval to pass through occupied territory. It was late autumn 1993, and I accompanied the Red Cross medical corps and served as a translator. International forces came to the area to reach a […]