Friday, March 06th, 2009 | Author:

We all know the benefit of wearing shoes that are too small: it feels so good when you take them off.

Using this same logic in all apparent sincerity, Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton, the head of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, said that the research and other work being done by the military on brain injuries from Iraq will eventually benefit the civilian world. Whether the injuries occur while people ride bicycles, play football, skateboard or ski, “we know that this is an issue across the country.”

It must be a good thing, then, that they have so much research material. The latest estimate is that upwards of 360,000 Iraq veterans have suffered brain injuries. (That’s the entire population of Wichita, Kansas, folks.) Given the 10-20% incident rate, who knows how many more suitable subjects will come out of Afghanistan? Why, the research possibilities are breathtaking.

Maybe we should re-classify all our military spending as medical research. People wouldn’t be so apt to complain then.

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  1. Jim Wetzel says:

    We peasants are always enriched by the serendipitous spinoffs from the activities of our nobility. From the space program: Teflon™! And, from fallen legionaries: improvements in trauma medicine!

    I can’t help wondering if there’s something I could learn from burning the District of Columbia to the ground and then sowing salt — heavily! — in that same ground. I’m sure that some technical art would be advanced thereby.

  2. akaGaGa says:

    I’m so glad you leave comments. Somehow, you always manage to illuminate the broader perspective.

    This time, you have reminded me of another of the benefits that the younger crowd may not remember, but I’m confident you will: Tang!