Out of the Crucible: How the U.S. Military Transformed Combat Casualty Care in Iraq and Afghanistan edited by Arthur L. Kellermann, MD and MPH, and Eric Elster, MD is now available by the US Army, Borden Institute. This comprehensive resource, part of the renowned Textbooks of Military Medicine series, documents one of the most extraordinary achievements in the history of American medicine – the dramatic advances in combat casualty care developed during Operations Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Each chapter is written by one or more military health professionals who played an important role in bringing the advancement to America’s military health system. Written in plain English and amply illustrated with informative figures and photographs, Out of the Crucible engages and informs the American public and policy makers about how America’s military health system, devised, tested and widely adopted numerous inventions, innovations, technologies that collectively produced the highest survival rate from battlefield trauma in the history of warfare.
About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S):
Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH: Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine and Dean, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Eric Elster, MD: Captain, MC, US Navy; Professor and Chair, USU-Walter Reed Department of Surgery, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Testimonial #1 from Lieutenant General, Eric Schoomaker, 42nd Army Surgeon General
"What a phenomenal book . . . thank you for capturing the enormous contributions of military medicine to life-saving, comprehensive health and safety of America's fighting men and women. The authors have done an extraordinary job and the pictures are without peer! It brought back many deeply personal memories and reflections on the many heroes these warns spawned among our Warriors and Military Medics (writ large) who cared for them. You and Eric Elster have done a great service to these heroes. Required reading for every concerned citizen, elected representative and military leader .... and for every member of the Military Health System. These lessons cannot be permitted to shrink into obscurity." -- Lieutenant General (LTG) Eric Shoomaker, 42nd Army Surgeon General, US Army (Ret.)
NEWS-Line for Healthcare Professionals
Headline: Transformation of Combat Casualty Care, Advances in Military Healthcare Focus of New Book
Source: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)
"Advances in medicine that dramatically improved warfighter survival and recovery in America's most recent wars are the focus of a new book, "Out of the Crucible: How the US Military Transformed Combat Casualty Care in Iraq and Afghanistan," just published by the Borden Institute. These advances in technology, products, and patient care during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom were driven by military health professionals determined to exceed what modern medicine thought was possible. . . .
Out of the Crucible, co-edited by Dr. Arthur L. Kellermann, dean of the F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), and Navy Capt. (Dr.) Eric Elster, chair of the USU-Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Department of Surgery, tells that story. It includes 44 chapters by 110 world-renowned experts that are interspersed throughout the book with dramatic photographs and powerful first-person stories told by individuals who served during the conflicts or who benefited from these advances. "