Military Medicine and Global Health: A Core Competency

  • Michael W. Brennan


US and foreign military medical providers have provided exceptional and varied humanitarian assistance and disaster relief for almost a century. Unique complexities and capacities of military medical resources are described in both natural disaster response and civil conflict environments. Civil-military roles and relationships are reviewed in the context of contemporary engagements.


Military Humanitarian Deployed Service Civil Disaster Surgery Capacity Global 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael W. Brennan
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  1. 1.American Academy of OphthalmologyBurlingtonUSA

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