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Military Medicine

In a time of great international tension, when U.S. military forces are deployed in approximately 130 countries around the world, the health and well-being of active duty and veteran warriors and their families is of prime importance. Men and women who serve in the military have different health issues and needs from the civilian population. Moreover, the efforts of physicians and nurses in wartime have led to advances in treatment of injuries and diseases for everyone throughout history. This pathfinder offers a way to begin exploring this fascinating topic.

Internet Resources

MedlinePlus: Veterans and Military Health
Developed at the National Library of Medicine specifically for consumers, this site is a portal for trusted government-sponsored and privately-developed health information for the lay public. See also the page for Veterans and Military Family Health.

Borden Institute
An agency of the U.S. Army Medical Department and School, the Borden Institute publishes the Textbooks of Military Medicine.

Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project
Narratives from the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.

Afterdeployment.org is a US Defense Centers of Excellence project that is a behavioral health resource to support service members, their families, and veterans with common post-deployment challenges.


General Works

  • Blood brothers: among the soldiers of Ward 57. Weisskopf M. 2006.
  • Courage after fire: coping strategies for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. Armstrong K et al. 2006.
  • Healing suicidal veterans: recognizing, supporting, and answering their pleas for help. Montgomery V. 2009.
  • Invisible wounds of war: psychological and cognitive injuries, their consequences, and services to assist recovery. 2008.http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG720.html
  • Invisible wounds of war: summary and recommendations for addressing psychological and cognitive injuries. 2008. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/2008/RAND_MG720.1.pdf
  • War and public health. Levy BS and Sidel VW, eds. 2nd ed. 2008.
  • War surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: a series of cases, 2003–2007. Nessen SC et al., eds. 2008.


  • Military medicine: from ancient times to the 21st century. McCallum J. 2008.
  • The irritable heart of soldiers and the origins of Anglo-American cardiology: the U.S. Civil War (1861) to World War I (1918). Wooley CF. 2002.
  • This republic of suffering: death and the American Civil War. Faust DG. 2008.

Women in Theatres of War

  • A few good women: America’s military women from World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Monahan EM and Neidel-Greenlee R. 2010.
  • G.I. Nightingales: the Army Nurse Corps in World War II. Tomblin BB. 1996.
  • Quiet heroes: Navy nurses of the Korean War 1950–1953, Far East Command. Omori F. 2000.
  • Women at war: the story of fifty military nurses who served in Vietnam. Norman EM. 1990.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Health Learning Center at 312.926.5465 orHLC@nmh.org.


Last UpdateApril 17, 2012