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Military Medicine in the Balkans Now

Phil Gunby
JAMA. 1999;282(18):1707-1709. doi:10.1001/jama.282.18.1707.
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Kosovo—The Bosnian crud has some potential new targets. "The crud" is what US soldiers with the Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina call the upper respiratory tract infections that are diagnosed whenever new troops arrive. Its latest targets may be more than 3200 10th Mountain Division troops who completed their deployment to the former Yugoslavian province in October from Fort Drum, New York. They are relieving the Fort Hood, Texas–based 1st Cavalry Division.

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This year's American-Hungarian Military Medical Conference logo depicts a soldier deployed for peacekeeping, the varied terrain—and some of the pathogens—with which troops must cope, immunizations and medications that aim to keep peacekeepers healthy, the DNA chain, and laboratory equipment used to find cures for diseases military medicine encounters. It was designed by E. Michael Sandoval, a US Army civilian employee. (Credit: US Army)

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Ronald P. Oberfoell, DO, a US Army captain, with some of the medical equipment and supplies that have been moved into Macedonia, Kosovo, and Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of military forces there. (Photo credit: Phil Gunby)

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At Camp Able Sentry in Macedonia, Timothy G. Cook, MD (right), a US Army captain, chats with Thomas W. Church, RN, a US Air Force (lieutenant colonel) clinical flight coordinator, in Operation Joint Guardian's emergency department. (Photo credit: Phil Gunby)

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István Kopcsó, MD, a Hungarian Defense Forces lieutenant colonel, stands outside a field medical tent of the unit he commanded in Albania during the Kosovo crisis. (Photo credit: Phil Gunby)

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