In The Field

AAN: The brain in combat

I’ve heard it said that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the ‘signature’ injury of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Traumatic brain injury covers a spectrum of injuries that result from stresses, strains or deformations applied to the skull from the outside. The effects on memory are the most pronounced, but there can be other impacts on cognition. Some of these may only be short-lived, but there’s reason to believe that some persist after the injury looks to have cleared up. One reason why more service members are returning from conflict with TBI is the increased use of IEDs, or 


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