Public Health in the Pacific Islands.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The author spent six months in the Marshall Islands as a part of the Eniwetok Atoll clean-up project. The medical facility was a simple, semi-permanent structure in an isolated, tropical setting. Modern medical technology was both limited and remote. The major problems encountered were, in decreasing order of frequency trauma, skin disorders, depression and alcohol misuse, infectious diseases, and heat stress. Basic preventative medicine, milieu therapy, and a simply stocked drug cabinet were the mainstay of our medical care. The paper has three major purposes 1 A descriptive study of the prevalence of medical problems encountered on the project. 2 An expanded discussion of medical and general public health problems in the South Pacific. 3 Considerations for future medical operations - military and otherwise in similar areas.
- Medicine and Medical Research