Army medicine has come a long way recently. Learn about medical specialties in the Army and the medical equipment and procedures medics use.
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Since humans learned to batter the body through warfare, we've striven to mend it with medical care. In fact, the battlefield served as a lab in which new medical techniques and advances were formed. So how has Army first aid changed over the years?
In the late 19th century, combat doctors often didn't have more than a tent as a makeshift hospital, with few lifesaving instruments or medicines available. Field medicine has come a long way since then, so what equipment do Army surgeons use today?
In the U.S. Army, new enlistees who want to save lives may find their calling as medics, and seasoned doctors pledge years of their life to saving men and women in uniform. But are Army medics and doctors on the front lines? Do they face enemy fire?
By Tom Scheve