Textbooks of Military Medicine
Textbooks of Military Medicine – http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/borden/
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- How can lack of sleep contribute to a friendly fire incident?
- How long can the average person go without sleep and still be effective?
- How can a prosthetic leg be set up to allow someone to bicycle?
- How do you decontaminate someone exposed to chemical warfare agents?
- How does the military measure eye trauma?
- Where can I get detailed information about decompression sickness?
To get to the textbooks, you’ll need to click on one of the Textbooks of Military Medicine links, which will take you to http://www.cs.amedd.army.mil/borden/Portlet.aspx?id=82200b57-a7a4-4160-bb51-4a086dd6ccce.
This page links to the full text of the textbook series in reverse chronological order by publishing date. To help you focus on topics, here is my effort to group them by topic:
- Military Quantitative Physiology: Problems and Concepts in Military Operational Medicine (2012)
- Recruit Medicine (2006)
- Military Dermatology (1994)
- Medical Aspects of Harsh Environments v.1 heat and cold (2002)
- Medical Aspects of Harsh Environments v.2 altitude (2002)
- Medical Aspects of Chemical Warfare (2008)
- Medical Aspects of Biological Warfare (2007)
- Medical Aspects of Chemical and Biological Warfare (1997)
- Medical Consequences of Radiological and Nuclear Weapons (2013)
- Care of the Combat Amputee (2009)
- Ophthalmic Care of the Combat Casualty (2003)
- Rehabilitation of the Injured Combatant (v. 1 & v. 2)
- Anesthesia and Perioperative Care of the Combat Casualty (1995)
- Conventional Warfare: Ballistic, Blast, and Burn Injuries (1991)
- Military Preventive Medicine: Mobilization and Deployment (v. 1 & v. 2)
- Occupational Health: The Soldier and the Industrial Base (1993)
- Combat and Operational Behavioral Health (2011)
- War Psychiatry (1995)
- Military Psychiatry: Preparing in Peace for War (1994)
Each book is presented as a web page with PDF files for chapters and/or sections. If this format is uncomfortable for you, these books ought to be available through your library, at least through interlibrary loan. Some of the books are available for purchase, others are out of print.
Be warned that some of the volumes have disturbing photographs, as one might expect from medical textbooks.
If you are a regular writer of war stories, I would highly recommend keeping all of these volumes bookmarked or buying as many of the physical volumes as possible.