- Historic Sites
The Korean War: MASH And Vascular Surgery
October/november 1984 | Volume 35, Issue 6
The first artificial kidney machine to be brought into a combat zone was used to treat kidney failure in cases of severe shock, and on patients with hemorrhagic fever—an infectious disease later shown to be caused by a virus carried by small rodents.
As in other wars, the climate presented medical challenges. Korea’s severe cold led to advances in the prevention and treatment of frostbite. Twenty years after the Korean War ended, millions of Americans were introduced to the subject of military medicine by the extraordinarily successful television program “M*A*S*H*,” which ran from September 1972 to February 1983. It was, comedic effects aside, a reasonably accurate portrayal.