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Monday, June 4, 2012

Museum Showcases Military Medical History


It’s a lot of the past mixed with much of the present.  But then again, that’s what a museum is all about.  What’s interesting about this one, however, is the fact that it’s all about tracking the health and wellness of our troops throughout the centuries.

From Civil War memorabilia to innovations of modern day, the newly reopened National Museum of Health and Medicine  shows off an impressive collection of 25 million artifacts.  The museum’s mission is to preserve and collect specimens of morbid anatomy and medical technology.  These tools and artifacts will help researchers to understand the care of the soldier by tracking the history of medicine.

There might be no better way to track the progression of medicinal practices than through the history of the military soldier.  From illness to injury, service members experience just about all of it, and researchers are learning new and innovative ways to treat medical issues by using our history as a guide.

Plus they have the bullet that killed Abraham Lincoln.


Video provided by The Pentagon Channel

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