This week at Grand Rounds we are honoring health care professionals who serve their country by serving others. I want to thank Dr. Nick Genes for letting me host Grand Rounds this week, and I also want to thank everyone for all of their great submissions. The number of submissions that I received overwhelmed me, and apologize that I didn’t have room for every post. The artwork found in this week’s edition of Grand Rounds illustrates the history of military medicine, and the dedication of the men and women who care for patients in military medical facilities and outposts around the world. In the 1944 painting above by Jack McMillen, the artist depicts life at the Forest Glen annex of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The annex served as a holding and rehabilitation unit for medical patients, including psychiatric patients during World War II and in subsequent wars.
I’m embarrassed I couldn’t write a suitable post. I appreciate the hard-charging, dedicated and self-sacrificing Navy Corpsmen and Docs (I’m sure the lesser services have good people, too, but I didn’t live and work with them) and they deserve the respect of all, in and out of the service. It’s hard in a weird way to be the one whose role is to be ‘the soft one’, the one who cares for the warriors. It’s a job sometimes unappreciated by the warriors themselves, but that doesn’t make it any less important; in fact, that magnifies its importance. 19 year old males believe they’re bulletproof, and it’s our job to be there when reality strikes. My service was blessedly between wars, and nobody wanted to hear that Things Happen.
I genuinely liked my corpsmen, and hope they’re doing well, now 9-13 years since I was their leader. I hope they have the pride of a job well done, and understand the thanks of at least one ex-Navy Doc.
Why the heck couldn’t I write THAT before the deadline?