As to diseases, make a habit of two things — to help, or at least, to do no harm.—Hippocrates
Editor-in-Chief, Chester ‘Trip’ Buckenmaier III, MD, COL, MC, USA.
I do not believe there is a health professional on the planet that has not heard this quote from Hippocrates. It is as close to a postulate of medicine as anything I have come across. The value of Hippocrates’ teaching set forth in this quote resonates louder this month since the focus of this issue of U.S. Medicine is infectious diseases.
Bacteria and viruses certainly predate the dawn of mankind and have played a major role in our evolution and social development. Infectious disease has felled kings, destroyed empires, rendered armies impotent, and now can be used as a weapon of mass destruction, possibly with more devastating power to kill our civilization than even nuclear weapons. More
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF U.S. MEDICINE
Outreach and Communication Key to Fighting Vet Homelessness WASHINGTON, DC—When VA Secretary Eric Shinseki took his post nearly two years ago, he learned that veterans lead the nation in homelessness, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. “It was like a punch in the gut,” Shinseki told attendees at a recent National Forum on Homelessness. He was determined that this issue would not be neglected during his administration.
In November 2009, Shinseki detailed a five year plan to end veteran homelessness. Please read this article and participate in this month's online opinion poll about ending homelessness among veterans.More
Military Challenged to Provide Far-Forward Mental Health Care BETHESDA, MD—For a handful of military mental health providers on the front lines, treating combat stress and trauma is an everyday occurrence. The military has begun to realize that the advice and care they furnish can often prevent acute battlefield trauma from becoming a chronic stateside problem. More