When it comes to military medicine, necessity’s the mother of invention. And those inventions often turn into things the civilian health care world can’t do without. The first and second world wars brought penicillin; the Korean and Vietnam wars brought us modern air evacuation and vascular surgery.
And Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, says the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are still teaching lessons to the civilian health-care community. Woodson joins Jared Serbu for the full hour on this week’s edition of On DoD to discuss the evolution of military medicine.