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Summary: 'A Privilege, Not a Penalty'. Military medicine has developed into a sophisticated specialty (and) includes such disciplines as tropical medicine, nuclear warfare, chemical weapons, flight surgery, industrial medicine, hygiene, disaster triage, transport and the care of the wounded during transport, combat nutrition, immunisations, epidemiology, management of venomous bites and stings, and the emotional disorders of military life.

Rear Admiral Lamont Pugh, Surgeon General of the US Navy, said in an address before the Association of Military Surgeons of the US, on November 17, 1952: "Military medicine is a well conceived, well advised, and well established device, system, or mechanism, the mission of which is to provide the Armed Services with a quality or brand of medical coverage that is not only essential to the proper and efficient function of the military but is moreover essential to the best interests of the individual and of the national welfare." "One would need only to go to Korea, as I have been during the past two summers, and there observe the manner of living and of the activity being engaged in by medical personnel serving with the combatants in the theater of war. One would not need to remain long there to appreciate the essentiality of service doctors being psychologically agile, emotionally stable, professionally genuine, and physically able and tough," Pugh added.

"During my sojourn at the combatant front in Korea this past summer I failed to detect evidence of any special effort being made on the part of anyone to make the service more attractive to the soldiers and Marines who were fighting, bleeding, and dying in the heat and dust on a barren Korean hillside," the Surgeon General of the US Navy stated.

"The manner of man requisite to filling the bill that needs to be filled by the Medical and Dental Corps of the Armed Services is an individual who to himself clearly realises that it is a privilege and not a penalty to serve in a uniform of his national defence establishment, that it is his establishment and his nation for the defense of which the establishment exists and that he may be no more honorably distinguished than by wearing that uniform, and that by abhorring ignoble ease he can perform no more worthy mission than that of protecting and restoring the most priceless element, that of health, in our most precious national resource, the men and women who comprise the Armed Forces," Pugh concluded. Dear Egyptian Mail readers,Your comments and/or contributions are welcome. We promise to publish whatever is deemed publishable at the end of each series of articles.

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Publication:The Egyptian Gazette (Cairo, Egypt)
Date:Mar 13, 2012
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