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Post Cold War transformation of the medical function in support of the deployed soldier
  1. Zoltan Vekerdi
  1. Correspondence to Colonel Zoltan Vekerdi, Head, Defence Health Institute, Medical Centre, Hungarian Defence Forces. 1134 Budapest, Róbert Károly körút 44, Hungary; sheltadoc{at}


This article summarises the changes that resulted in, and still act towards, final implementation of a separate medical function in operational medical support. This article is not intended to represent an historical account, but to provide concise supplemental material for decision makers to position medical under the commander, which enables medical staff to support and care for the troops and which can be used in the best possible way as an image forming factor for the force. The aim of this article is to clearly articulate the necessity for independence of the medical and logistic functions, while recognising the need for continued close coordination.


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