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Brain Wars – How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded

Critical Shortage of Army Neurologists for U.S. Troops in Iraq

and Afghanistan

by T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, and Daniel Zwerdling, NPR

.The Army is facing a “critical” shortage of neurologists, partly because of recent policy changes designed to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild traumatic brain injuries, according to a new military medical memorandum.

The policies, issued last June, require soldiers who have suffered three or more mild traumatic brain injuries in a year to receive a comprehensive evaluation by a neurologist or similarly qualified doctor. The military also set up a clinic in Afghanistan last year specifically to treat traumatic brain injury and mandated rest periods for soldiers exposed to blasts. (mais…)

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