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Thanks to the after-hours work of a museum archivist, a trove of historical military medical photographs is now on view on Flickr. This is what the Internet was invented for.
     The previously secret archive at the National Museum of Health and medicine contains more than 700,000 images dating from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. Mke Rhode, the museum’s head archivist, and a team of researchers worked after hours to scan some 500,000 of the images, many of which are now available for viewing here. Rhode did the work without the blessing of the military, according to this article.
     I’ve been looking at the images all morning, and they range from mundane views and soldiers undergoing recreational therapy to really interesting moments, such as the first aircraft accident investigation. –David Schonauer