What was Executive Order 13139?

Introduction Executive Order 13139 – entitled Improving Health Protection of Military Personnel Participating in Particular Military Operations – as an executive order (EO) issued by US President Bill Clinton on 30 September 1999. Purpose It outlines the conditions under which Investigational New Drug (IND) and off-label pharmaceuticals can be administered to US service members. An… Read More

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Who was Albert Ross Tilley?

Introduction Albert Ross Tilley, CM OBE (24 November 1904 to 19 April 1988) was a Canadian plastic surgeon who pioneered the treatment of burned airmen during the Second World War. Early Years Tilley was born in Bowmanville, Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1929. He opened a private practice in Toronto at… Read More

A Review of Diagnosis & Treatment of Traumatic Vascular Injury of Limbs in Military & Emergency Medicine

Research Paper Title Diagnosis and treatment of traumatic vascular injury of limbs in military and emergency medicine: A systematic review. Background Traumatic vascular injury is caused by explosions and projectiles (bullets and shrapnel); it may affect the arteries and veins of the limbs, and is common in wartime, triggering bleeding, and ischaemia. The increasing use… Read More

What are the Factors Influencing Selection of Infectious Diseases Training for Military Internal Medicine Residents?

Research Paper Title Factors Influencing Selection of Infectious Diseases Training for Military Internal Medicine Residents. Background Applications to infectious diseases fellowships have declined nationally; however, the military has not experienced this trend. In the past 6 years, 3 US military programmes had 58 applicants for 52 positions. This study examines military resident perceptions to identify… Read More

Resilience: Understanding the Drivers for Combat Medics

Research Paper Title Narrative approach in understanding the drivers for resilience of military combat medics. Background Qualitative insights may demonstrate how combat medics (CM) deal with stressors and identify how resilience can potentially develop. Yet, qualitative research is scant in comparison to the many quantitative studies of health outcomes associated with military service. Methods Semi-structured… Read More

Remembering Pier Diego Siccardi & the “Clinica del Lavoro” during WWI

Research Paper Title Pier Diego Siccardi (1880-1917) and the “Clinica del Lavoro” in the trench warfare. Background The year 2017 marks the centenary of the death of the Italian scientist Pier Diego Siccardi (1880-1917), one of Luigi Devoto’s assistants at the “Clinica del Lavoro” in Milan. Objective To commemorate Siccardi and to describe the activities… Read More