This documentary film, made by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict, opens with the topic of how helicopters have changed the very nature of transportation of wounded in the field. Although onsite medivac units are still used to some extent, the constantly shifting battle lines in Vietnam direct most patient traffic to the permanent, modern hospital facilities located behind enemy lines. Once in the operating room, several surgical procedures are performed on catastrophically wounded soldiers, and during extended operating room sequences, the narrator occasionally breaks off and the voice of the doctor performing the procedure describes what is happening. The inflatable plastic cast is demonstrated. Once out of the operating room, the film moves to show overcrowded urban areas in Vietnam, with their unsanitary open-air markets and poor standards for promotion of health. We are told that medicine in Vietnam is 300 years behind the times, less than a thousand native doctors practice inside the country, and that folk medicine is used as a predominant form of treatment. <br>Next is another operating room sequence; where an African-American soldier caught in a gas explosion is being debrided. A bullet is extracted harmlessly from between an eyeball and its socket; this demonstrates the effectiveness of pre-operative x-rays. The action moves on with an off-hours MEDCOM unit as they go out to treat among the native Vietnamese; along their itinerary is a leper colony. The narrator credits the clean, modern hospitals and expert Army medical personnel for creating within the conflict "the lowest casualties and highest return to duty rate of any war."
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