War has devastating effects on the body. High-velocity bullets, whirling shrapnel, concussive blasts, and burning fuel create
life-threatening, often disfiguring, injuries. Diseases pose an equal risk to individuals and to entire fighting forces. Medical practitioners care for the wounded, return them to service, or help them live with their injuries.
Disease poses a risk to the health and effectiveness of fighting forces and the civilian populations with which they interact.
War inflicts traumatic injuries on the body that kill, disfigure, or disable. Medical practitioners struggle to cope with complex wounds created by the destructive power of modern weapons.
Traumatic wounds change lives forever, and no one recovers without help. Medical practitioners train survivors to adapt and live with their injuries. In the aftermath of war, the injured may struggle to find a place in civilian society. In turn, societies define and redefine their responsibility to support veterans' physical and psychological recovery. These efforts are not always successful, with political and personal consequences for veterans, their families, and society as a whole.