Medicine in combat zones; helping Ukrainians
William Tecumseh Sherman, general for the Union army, once famously made the following observation:
“I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”
War is a ubiquitous and unwanted part of the human condition. There hasn’t been a time without conflict somewhere on the globe. One of the many atrocities of war is the challenge of maintaining health care infrastructure for both citizens and military personnel. Medics must consider not only war-related injuries and illness but maintaining care for civilians with chronic conditions such as cancer and diabetes, among others.
Given the conflict in Ukraine, we devote our show today to understanding health care in a war zone and dedicate the show to those trying to help others in the worst of situations.
- Dr. Thomas Flipse, cardiologist and the associate medical director for Mayo Clinic Center for Military Medicine.
- Dr. David Sklar, emergency physician and professor at Arizona State University; associate dean of graduate medical education, chair of emergency medicine at the University of New Mexico; expert in health care in disaster zones.
- Col. Kevin Kelly, family medicine consultant to the Army surgeon general, U.S. Army Medical Command.
With so many heartbreaking images and stories from the conflict in Ukraine, many folks feel a call to help but may not be sure how to go about it. Our next guests have some practical solutions.