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History Series

Lovell cover “Some System of the Nature Here Proposed”: Joseph Lovell’s Remarks on the Sick Report, Northern Department, U.S. Army, 1817, and the Rise of the Modern US Army Medical Department (2015) - A regimental surgeon promoted to hospital director in the War of 1812, Joseph Lovell, MD, became the first Army staff-level surgeon general. This volume in Borden’s history of medicine series is an in-depth analysis of how Lovell’s report on Army medicine just after the war gave rise to innovations, from focus on the soldier’s welfare and preventive medicine to accurate epidemiology and experimental research, that formed the organizational and functional principles of today’s professional and effective Medical Department.
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US Army Psychiatry in the Vietnam War: New Challenges in Extended Counterinsurgency Warfare (2014)
During the Vietnam War (1965–1973), the US Army suffered a severe breakdown in soldier morale and discipline in Vietnam—matters that not only are at the heart of military leadership but also ones that can overlap with the mission of Army psychiatry. The psychosocial strain on deployed solders and their leaders in Vietnam, especially during the second half of the war, produced a wide array of individual and group symptoms that thoroughly tested Army psychiatrists and their mental health colleagues there. In the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the Army Medical Department apparently intended to sponsor a history of Army psychiatry along with other medical specialties, but that project was never begun. This book seeks to consolidate a history of the military psychiatric experience in Vietnam through assembling and synthesizing extant information from a wide variety of sources, documenting the successes and failures of Army psychiatry in responding to the psychiatric and behavioral problems that changed and expanded as the war became protracted and bitterly controversial.

Good Tuberculosis Men

"Good Tuberculosis Men": The Army Medical Department’s Struggle With Tuberculosis (2014)
In 1917, as the United States prepared for war in Europe, Army Surgeon General William C. Gorgas recognized the threat of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to American troops. What the Army needed was some “good tuberculosis men.” Despite the efforts of the nation`s best “tuberculosis men,” the disease would become a leading cause of World War I disability discharges and veterans benefits. The fact that tuberculosis patients often experienced cycles in which they recovered their health and then fell ill again challenged government officials to judge the degree to which a person was disabled and required government care and support. This book tracks the impact of tuberculosis on the US Army from the late 1890s, when it was a ubiquitous presence in society, to the 1960s when it became a curable and controllable disease.


Skilled and Resolute: A History of the 12th Evacuation Hospital and the 212th MASH, 1917-2006 (2014)
Tracing the 90-year history of the US Army`s oldest deployable hospital, this book looks at how medicine and the military have changed in these decades. Recognizing the challenges and accomplishments of the men and wome of the 12th Evac and and 212th MASH, the text pays tribute to each generation of these "skilled and resolute" soldiers as they worked to save the lives of fellow US service members, allies, prisoners, and local civilians, from World War I Europe to recent conflicts in the Near East.

Sternberg cover In the Interest of Truth: The Life and Science of Surgeon General George Miller Sternberg (2013) - This book chronicles the life of Brigadier General George Miller Sternberg, who served as the 18th Surgeon General of the US Army from 30 May 1893 to 8 June 1902. He was combat tested in the American Civil War and the campaigns against the Native Americans on the frontier. His lifelong interest in infectious disease defined him as one of the premier medical scientists of his day and as “America’s first bacteriologist.” As Surgeon General, he established the Army Medical School, led the Army Medical Department through the Spanish American War, and appointed the Yellow Fever Commission.
AFRIMS cover The Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences, 1960-2010 (2013) - Begun in 1959 as a result of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, the Thailand SEATO Cholera Research Project in Bangkok, later the Medical Research Laboratory, and finally, AFRIMS (in 1977), was a collaborative research effort between the US Army Medical Department and the Royal Thai Army. Throughout the institute’s history, US Army and Thai doctors jointly pursued research and therapy for illnesses that threatened both US troops and Thai citizens, such as cholera, malaria, opisthorchiasis, dengue, Japanese B encephalitis, hepatitis, enteric infections, and HIV/AIDS, as documented in these photographs.
Envision Design Train Envision, Design, Train: A Pictorial History of the Army Medical Department Center and School (2013) - This book is an engaging organizational history built on a multitude of fascinating tidbits of information and images obtained from the organization’s Annual Historical Reports, After Action Reports, scrapbooks, newspapers, journals, and museum collections. It chronicles 90 years of Army Medicine’s schoolhouse, emphasizing the early years at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, from 1920 to 1946; the relocation to Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in 1946; and the continuing development of the Center and School’s command mission of advanced professional military medical education through the following decades.
Builders of Trust: Biographical Profiles from the Medical Corps Coin (2011) - The diligence, insights, and compassion of the Medical Corps officers built the Medical Department’s trusted reputation. They advised their commanders on how to keep soldiers healthy, and then did their utmost for each and every soldier who puts his/her life on the line in defense of the Nation. They built an organization that could learn and improve. Uniformed members of the Army Medical Corps were principal proponents in bringing science to bear on medical problems with which the US Army and the US military struggled. Their solutions often influenced civilian and academic colleagues, and changed the face of national defense, global health, and international commerce. This series of narratives was undertaken as the first in a series of corps histories from which all AMEDD members and the public at large can draw encouragement and a broader perspective. Included are fourteen biographical profiles of John Warren, William Beaumont, Jonathan Letterman, John Shaw Billings, George Miller Sternberg, Walter Reed, William Crawford Gorgas, William T. Fitzsimons, Stanhope Bayne-Jones, James Stevens Simmons, Albert Julius Glass, Leonard D. Heaton, Spurgeon Hart Neel, Jr., and Edward Louis Buescher.
Attack on the Pentagon: The Medical Response to 9/11 (2011) - this book relates the story of the medical response to the 9/11 attacks, primarily the Army Medical Department’s actions at the Pentagon, on the day of the attacks as well as during the weeks and months following. In addition to the initial emergency response, the book relates the state of emergency planning and training in Washington, DC, at the time, among both military and civilian facilities; the roles of the various military and civilian medical teams and facilities; casualty recovery and identification; and the short and long-term occupational and mental health responses, for victims, families, and responders. Also included is a chapter on the response at ground zero in New York City. The book then analyses successes and shortcomings of the response, including lessons learned and resulting developments in emergency preparedness.
Legacy of Excellence: The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 1862-2011 - Provides a narrative and photographic history of the AFIP (originally the Army Medical Museum) from its beginning during the Civil War, through the development of the modern field of pathology in the 20th century, to the response to 9/11 and beyond in the 21st century.
Call Sign - DUSTOFF: A History of U.S. Army Aeromedical Evacuation from Conception to Hurricane Katrina (2011) - This book covers the conceptualization of the initial attempts to use aircraft for evacuation, reviews its development and maturity through those conflicts, and focuses on the history of MEDEVAC post–Vietnam to the transformation of the MEDEVAC units from medical to aviation command in 2003 and the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Much has been written about U.S. Army aeromedical evacuation—or MEDEVAC—and most works have focused on the war in Korea or Vietnam. This book focuses on the unique use of helicopters to accomplish this mission. Part I looks at the heritage of MEDEVAC from its beginnings in World War II through the bitter battles in Korea, the interwar years, and the long struggle in Vietnam. Part II covers the 1980s, a time of domestic duties and contingency operations. Part III reviews the turbulent 1990s with the end of the cold war, a hot war in the Persian Gulf, dramatic military force reductions, and a call to duty in the Balkans. Part IV stretches into the millennium, covering the events of 9/11, further conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq—the Aviation Transformation Initiative that moved MEDEVAC from medical to aviation control—and the national response to Hurricane Katrina. In general, after Part I, a thematic approach is used, and the chapters are organized with interweaving sections covering doctrine (service and joint), organization, and operations.
A Contemporary History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps (2010) - presents an analysis that documents the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from the early 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century. Author Mary T. Sarnecky, who had first-hand knowledge about the U.S. Army Nurse Corps inner workings as an active duty officer, addresses a remarkable episode in the organization`s evolution, a period characterized by a series of progressive steps empowering Nurse Corps officers to assume key command and leadership positions in the Army Medical Department. The book explores the vital roles of the Army Nurse Corps in supporting and sustaining high-level military operations that began with Operation Desert Storm. In tandem with her previous work (A History of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps published in 1999), Sarnecky offers a wealth of scholarly research narrated in her unique, straightforward style imparting a rich institutional history of which all professional nurses should be exceptionally proud. MORE INFO.
Borden’s Dream: The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC (2009) – a  reproduction of a 1952 manuscript about the history of Walter Reed Army Medical Center written by Mary W Standlee. Contains reproductions of historical documents and photographs from WRAMC’s first 40 years.
The Walter Reed Army Medical Center Centennial, A Pictorial History, 1909-2009 (2009) – a photographic history highlighting 100 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Contains images of the changing campus from its original plans through the construction of two hospitals and support, museum, and research buildings; clinical, research, and rehabilitative activities; and patients, staff, and visitors through the years.
A History of Dentistry in the US Army to World War II (2008) -  a detailed history of the development of military dentistry in the United States, from beginnings in the early 17th century, through the professionalization of dentistry in the 19th century, dental care on both sides of the Civil War, the establishment of the US Army Dental Corps in 1909, and the expansion of the Corps through World War I and afterward, to the verge of the Second World War.
ATC cover Answering the Call: The US Army Nurse Corps, 1917-1919 (2008) -  a commemorative photographic tribute to military nursing in World War I. Only 17 years after the Army Nurse Corps` establishment, the United States entered the First World War. During the next 2 years, the ANC grew from 403 to over 22,000 members. The contributions and achievements of these dedicated professionals reduced morbidity and mortality on the battlefield, advanced care of the wounded and ill throughout the world, and created a blueprint for how US military nurses would respond to their country`s call to serve throughout the 20th century and beyond. Note: This book is available in PDF on this website. The hard copy and ebook are available for purchase at the Government Printing Office bookstore at http://bookstore.gpo.gov. It is not available through Borden’s online order form.
Urology In The Vietnam War: Casualty Management and Lessons Learned (2005) - Provides a thorough review of lessons learned in the management of urological war wounds and examines current techniques in the treatment of battlefield and civilian urological trauma. The 260-page book, complete with case studies, offers historical, medical, and surgical considerations relating to urological injuries during the Vietnam War. Renal injuries, blunt pelvic trauma, penile injuries, anterior urethral penetrating and blunt injuries, and lessons learned in the management of casualties with genitourinary system injuries are included. Publisher: Department of Defense, Office of The Surgeon General, US Army, Borden Institute. 2005: 260 p.; ill. MORE INFO

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