Autopsies of War Save Others

This article caught my attention since it deals with “science” stuff. Why is scanning the bodies of those who died in battle matter?

From the title of the NY Times article, it is clear that if you learn how soldiers die in battle, others deaths may be prevent. Medical examiners created a virtual autopsy database via a CT scan for over over 3,000 bodies, in addition to standard autopsies, for each soldier that has died in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2004.

The combined procedures have yielded a wealth of details about injuries from bullets, blasts, shrapnel and burns — information that has revealed deficiencies in body armor and vehicle shielding and led to improvements in helmets and medical equipment used on the battlefield.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on May 26, 2009, in Health Info, Science Stuff, Technology and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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