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Military Medical History

Military medicine has a long and celebrated history. We apply lessons from our past to improve the care of military personnel and their families today and in the future. New surgical techniques, powerful painkillers, antibiotic drugs, and triage and evacuation procedures have revolutionized military medicine.

In this section, you'll find featured stories and information about the history of military medicine.

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MHS and MOS Town Hall Virtual Tour

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7/27/2021
Infographic about the Town Hall

MHS and Military OneSource To Your Health presents a virtual field trip to The National Museum of Health and Medicine.

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Military Medical History | National Museum of Health and Medicine

Moments in Military Medicine: Blood Donations on the Battlefield

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2/4/2020
Moments in Military History

Since January was National Blood Donor Month, learn more about the history of blood donations on the battlefield and the incredible work of the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP).

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Moments in Military Medicine: The Genesis of MHS GENESIS

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10/3/2019
Moments in Military Medicine: The Genesis of MHS GENESIS

Electronic records are so common, it's hard to remember a time they weren't around. Learn about the #genesisofGENESIS and how electronic health records evolved in the Military Health System over the decades.

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Electronic Health Record: MHS GENESIS | Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization (FEHRM) Program Office | Military Medical History | MHS GENESIS Toolkit | National Museum of Health and Medicine | MHS GENESIS

Military doctors and the president

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9/4/2018
Military doctors and the president

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln's first responder was a military doctor? Military medicine has come a long way since Lincoln's assassination. Watch this video to learn more.

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Military Medical History | National Museum of Health and Medicine

Paul Revere

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7/3/2018
Paul Revere

Before his midnight ride, Paul Revere was an amateur dentist. See how his work during the Revolutionary War inspired the use of dental identification on the battlefield and beyond.

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Military Medical History | National Museum of Health and Medicine

Dr. Charles Drew: The Man Who Saved a Million Soldiers' Lives

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2/9/2017
Drew, an African American researcher, revolutionized the way the medical community stored blood products during World War II

During African American History Month we celebrate Charles Drew, who revolutionized the blood collection and distribution process and developed large-scale blood banks, allowing medics to save untold numbers of lives during World War II. Drew’s methods are still used to save lives in the armed forces today.

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