Volume 20 No. 2

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Epidemiology

Petra Buttner and Reinhold Muller* *1st edn, (xxiv) + 600 pp, paperback with extensive illustrations, Oxford, Oxford University Press, RRP: $83.95, 2011. ISBN: 9780195573893 The field of epidemiology is a science and it remains “one of the many contributors to guiding action” in public health.1 The field is crowded with published books with over 9500… Read more »

By Peter Leggat In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .

Problems in paradise: medical aspects of the New Zealand occupation of Western Samoa, 1914 -1918

Abstract Western Samoa was an imperial German possession until occupied in August 1914 by 1,500 New Zealand troops. The force, which landed unopposed, was accompanied by almost 90 health staff of the New Zealand Army Medical Corps. They worked to ensure the health of two relief forces from 1914 to 1918. The German health administration… Read more »

By Michael Tyquin In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .

Trends in traumatic limb amputation in Allied Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan

Abstract Background: Limb amputation has been a common injury occurring in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Compared to other injuries, less attention has been given to this serious, disabling wound. Purpose: The article describes the Allied military experience of traumatic limb amputation in Iraq and Afghanistan. It intends to inform health care personnel involved… Read more »

By Duncan Wallace In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .

History Lessons Learned

The theme of this edition of JMVH is historical; the raison d’être for such an edition is the belief that there are lessons for today from the experiences of yesterday. This view has not been universally accepted throughout history. The American car-maker and entrepreneur Henry Ford was one who did not see the study of… Read more »

By Dr Keith Horsley In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .

Crushed ice ingestion – a practical strategy for lowering core body temperature

Abstract Exercise together with environmentally induced heat stroke continue to pose a problem for military operations in hot climates. A variety of cooling strategies are required by the military to mitigate the risk of heat stroke due to the variety of climates and physical workloads encountered by defence personnel, combined with their individual physical characteristics… Read more »

By Matt Brearley In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .

The Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs): A New Maritime Role 2 Enhanced (MR2E) Capability for the ADF

The Canberra class Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD) ships will replace the LPAs Manoora and Kanimbla, and the LSH Tobruk.  Planning for these new ships began in 2000, based on Australia’s experience with INTERFET in East Timor.  In 2004, invitations for tender were sought from a French company offering the Mistral class ships, and the Spanish… Read more »

By Neil Westphalen In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .

President’s Message

Welcome to the  ANZAC edition of  JMVH and, as we reflect on what ANZAC day means to us and the nation as a whole, spare a thought for those serving members on deployment overseas. I, as were many within the health community, was saddened to hear that Rear Admiral Graeme Shirtley AM has passed away… Read more »

By Greg Mahoney In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .

Inside this Edition

The theme for this Edition is the history of developments in military medicine. As I was preparing for this Edition, I was reminded of some letters that I had from my great-uncle, Captain Gordon O. Robertson, who was the Regimental Medical Officer for the 57th Battalion, A.I.F. in 1918.   On the 10th July 1918, he… Read more »

By Andrew Robertson In   Issue Volume 20 No. 2 .