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
War brings out the best and worst in humanity. It has revolutionised medicine, transportation and communication, and changed how we live and how we think.
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
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
Discussion Paper Title The University of Toronto’s lasting contribution to war surgery: how Maj. L. Bruce Robertson fundamentally transformed thinking toward blood transfusion during the First World War. Summary During the Great War, Canadian military surgeons produced some of the greatest innovations to improve survival on the battlefield. Arguably, the most important was bringing blood… Read More
While medical entry standards are set out in Joint Service Publication (JSP) 950, how they are applied during the recruitment process differs between the three Services. For example, in the British Army candidates with a disbarring condition are excluded at the first opportunity (i.e. the online application process) with those requiring individual consideration being looked… Read More
“A, B,AB or O: a paper-based test could reveal your blood type in just half a minute, allowing hospitals to rapidly administer the right blood in an emergency.” (New Scientist, 2017, p.19). The test could be particularly useful in war zones or remote areas where there are no labs to carry out blood typing. Knowing your blood type… Read More