War and Peace – Technology and Health Care

Many modern scientific and medical developments came as a result of military research. War is unpleasant, and the loss of human life is tragic, but the inventions that are developed out of the necessity created by war serve us very well during times of peace.

RADAR, which is used today to guide commercial aircraft through crowded skies, was developed to improve defence against Nazi air raids. Many modern polymers were also created because World War II led to a shortage of rubber, which used to be imported from other countries. The list is endless.

Military field hospitals are one of the more recent developments that are being used to good effect in civilian life. An early field hospital would have been a simple structure with makeshift tents and only the most basic of facilities, but both military and medical science have come a long way in recent years, and trailer manufacturers are able to create mobile structures that have many of the features of standard hospitals, including x-ray machines, operating theatres, and laboratories.

Use in Civilian Life

The military developed field hospitals so that soldiers could receive quality medical care even in remote locations. Trailer manufacturers were forced to solve many problems in order to develop a solution that could meet the rigorous requirements of the army. Those developments may not seem relevant to civilian life at first glance, but mobile hospitals are a lifeline for many people.

Rural communities, especially in developing countries, often rely on field hospitals for almost all of their medical treatment. In addition, military grade field hospitals provide much needed care and disaster recovery to areas affected by earthquakes, floods, and tsunamis.

Mobile hospitals can be dispatched quickly and take very little time to set up. Time saved = lives saved, and in a disaster response situation the impact can be huge. Traditional ambulances and emergency response vehicles simply cannot cope with the extreme conditions in which the field hospitals need to be dispatched, but trailer manufacturers that specialise in military work have a lot of experience in creating vehicles that can withstand harsh conditions.

War and progress

The issue of war and progress is a difficult one, and few would argue that war is a good thing, but war does encourage certain kinds of progress. Weapons, transport, and communication technologies see a lot of research and development work conducted during times of war, and necessity often increases spending, and makes researches more willing to try experiments that may have been considered wasteful, or low percentage, during times of peace.

With that said; not all major advances in civilian technology come from the military. Space exploration has had a huge impact on civilian life too. Teflon was originally developed for use in the space suits worn by astronauts, but today Teflon is found in almost every kitchen.

Research projects at NASA have been repurposed for many uses – including the early detection of cataracts and diabetes. The high-level research being done in the aerospace and military sectors may seem irrelevant or purely academic at first glance, but over time it does filter down and have a huge impact on civilian life.

[box type=”blue”]This post was written by James Harper on behalf of Vipex the custom trailer manufacturers UK. Vipex make field hospitals that are in use right around the world.[/box]



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