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United States Military Tropical Medicine: Extraordinary Legacy, Uncertain Future

  • Coreen M. Beaumier mail,

    beaumier@bcm.edu (CB); hotez@bcm.edu (PH); peter.weina@us.army.mil (PW)

    Affiliations: Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Ana Maria Gomez-Rubio,

    Affiliations: Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Peter J. Hotez mail,

    beaumier@bcm.edu (CB); hotez@bcm.edu (PH); peter.weina@us.army.mil (PW)

    Affiliations: Departments of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology and Microbiology, National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, United States of America, Sabin Vaccine Institute and Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Houston, Texas, United States of America, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States of America

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  • Peter J. Weina mail

    beaumier@bcm.edu (CB); hotez@bcm.edu (PH); peter.weina@us.army.mil (PW)

    Affiliation: Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Published: December 26, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002448

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Veteran's post service expierence expected for 2020

Posted by mcgama88 on 14 Jan 2014 at 06:39 GMT

C Beaumier, et al, are a succinct window to a future lessened by political calculations within budget. That same budget has impacts upon the potentials within microbiology and chemistry as graduate and post graduate students seek full support in research. A serving US service member stationed in zones of known transmission may have real need of medical care of such expertise as is no longer available in a diminishing timeline.
Studies within drug formulary towards these disease forms as mention in the text have rising hurdles....rising costs.

It is interesting that WHO, has established specific goals, towards several of the complex disease treatments mentioned within the text. Clearly, the larger world has benefited from the particular care towards tropical medicine in past complex conflicts. That support, vanishing, has such larger implications in health....and morbidity.....that poor decision process demonstrated in the paper... will require payment in conditions of health for service members, implications for their families, and the larger population beyond those service members and veterans spoken of as a focus.

Competing interests declared:
1 .Development of drug formulary specific to Streptomyces s.
2. Research within Tropical medicine specific to pathogen-host via genomic means.
Trypanosome
Triatoma
Vector species and host.