Just as they did in Vietnam, the military is now pioneering treatment for brain injuries. Brain injuries, unfortunately, are one of the most common injuries–they occur daily–that result from IEDs (improvised explosive devices).
For a great peek into the pipeline of trauma treatment, check out the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, an information rich site that gives visitors some insight into the nature of blast injuries.
If you’re curious to see the face of blast injury treatment, I invite you to look at the spectacular “Doctors of War” photojournalism series in the LA times. Prepare yourself for an emotionally gripping experience, as well as some staggering numbers.
As for myself, I’m relieved to report I’ll be home for the next week or two (cross my fingers), before I head up north in June. If you have any topics you’d like to hear about, please feel free to email me at the neuronotes email address to the right of this column.