Military Medical Advancements

Military medicine isn’t just about helping and healing service members and their families. As a Military physician in the Army, Air Force, or Navy, you will be part of one of the world’s leading health care research and development forces, where research and development has the power to address humanity’s most pressing health care issues. The Army, Navy and Air Force each have dedicated research and development missions that support all service branches.

The History of Military Medicine

Military physicians have played a role in nearly every major modern medical advancement. In the early 1800s, Surgeon General Joseph Lovell studied the connections between weather patterns and disease. In 1900, Major Walter Reed headed up the Yellow Fever Commission in Cuba, discovering that mosquitoes carried the disease and saving countless lives. In 1935, Major General Harry George Armstrong, along with Dr. John Heim, built a centrifuge to test how the human body reacts to acceleration and to improve conditions for pilots.

If you read recent publications of medical research, you will find that today's Military physicians are still pushing the boundaries of what is possible in medicine.