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Military medicine is focus of April 15 conference at MSU

March 25, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Historical and ethical issues related to military medicine will be the focus of the Medical History of the West Conference to be held Monday, April 15, at Montana State University.

Free and open to the public, "Military Medicine: Historical and Ethical Issues in the Care of the Wounded" will run from 12:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 235 of the Strand Union Building.

Speakers will discuss care of the wounded, civilian trauma care and its debt to military medicine, combat nursing in Vietnam, and challenges and issues of the doctor and active duty patients. Among the speakers will be Diane Carlson Evans, a former combat nurse who is founder and board president of the Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Other speakers will include historians, medical doctors and retired military personnel. First-year students in the WWAMI medical education program will participate in a theatre performance and discussion of Pearl Buck's short story, "The Enemy." The film, "A Journey Home," will also be shown.

The conference schedule is:

12:45 p.m. - Welcome and introductions.

1 p.m. - "Care of the Wounded." Pierce Mullen, professor emeritus of history at MSU.

1:35 p.m. - "Civilian Trauma Care and Its Debt to Military Medicine." Charles F. Rinker, II,director of surgical quality and patient safety at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

2:40 p.m. - "Warriors and Quiet Waters. Film showing and discussion of "A Journey Home." Retired Marine Col. Eric Hastings and retired Navy Capt. Thomas R. O'Connor.

3:10 p.m. - Break.

3:30 p.m. - Medical Readers' Theatre performance and discussion of "The Enemy," a short story by Pearl S. Buck. Todd Savitt from the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, and first-year WWAMI students Casey Cable, Kara Kleppen, Danielle McQuinn, Sean Sterrenberg and Elliot Welder.

4:35 p.m. - "Combat Nursing in Vietnam." Diane Carlson Evans.

5:10 p.m. - "The Doctor and the Active Duty Patient: Challenges and Issues." Trena Bonde, chief of staff at the V.A. Hospital in Fort Harrison.

6 p.m. - Conference concludes.

Those who plan to attend the conference are asked to notify the WWAMI office by Friday, April 5. They can call (406) 994-4411, send an email to or send their name, address, telephone number and email address to the WWAMI Medical Education Program, 308 Leon Johnson Hall, P.O. Box 173080, Bozeman, MT 59717-3080.

The conference is sponsored by the Volney Steele Endowment for the Study of Medical History, WWAMI, and MSU's Department of History and Philosophy.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or