Advances in Medicine via War: Navy Captain fights to help Traumatic Brain Injury patients

One of the things that excites me about being part of the military is how war of any kind advances medicine and nursing practice in a way that would be impossible otherwise.

The nursing profession was born from war as was the Red Cross.

Wide spread use of antibiotics, damage control surgery . . . the list is amazingly endless.

As much as this topic deserves an entire series of posts, I bring it up as a way to highlight the incredible work being done by Navy Captain Michael H. Hoffer highlighted as “Someone You Should Know” at BackFive.

Now, back in Iraq, Navy Capt. Michael H. Hoffer feels he has won a significant victory against arguably the military’s most serious and common casualty, traumatic brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, occur when an individual experiences shock waves from a blast, acceleration-deceleration (collision), or an impact or penetration directly to the skull. Doctors divide TBI into severe, moderate or mild.

This also hits close to home as my cousin, a Marine and two tour vet of OIF is benefiting from his research and tenacity.

My thanks to Capt. Hoffer and his colleagues.

h/t BlackFive


  1. “As much as this topic deserves an entire series of posts, …”
    You and I fly around in air-moving mixmasters because the concept proved valuable in Korea. (Can you imagine regaining consciousness in one of those pods on a Bell 47?)
    The concept was refined and saved thousands of lives in my war, using my beloved Huey.

    I hope you find the time to delve into the topic farther in the future Em. War is a terrible thing, except when it’s not.

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