World War II (1939-1945)

The lasting effects of World War II medical advances

On June 6, our nation will pause to observe the 75th anniversary of D-Day. This recollection of that pivotal World War II battle focuses on memorializing the soldiers who lost their lives during that engagement on the beaches of Normandy, France.

This commemoration can also serve as a time to consider other meaningful occurrences that took place during that long war. One is the milestone advancements that were generated in the practice of medicine during the conflict. These achievements saved lives on the battlefields and beyond.

Historians have noted that a paradox of warfare is that the more brutal and widespread the combat, the greater are the resulting medical...