Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Day the Navy Saved Christianity

Thank you to Church History for publishing me!

In 1571 The Christian nations lining the Mediterranean and in Eastern Europe were at a very dangerous point. The Ottoman Empire had been comfortably expanding its way from Asia Minor into Europe and conquering the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Suleiman the Magnificent had conquered modern day Serbia and Hungary, and in the Med had taken Rhodes. Combined with Turkish control of nearly the entire southern coast of the Med the Empire dominated the sea and thrust into Europe on repeated raids.

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6 Modern Pyramids that Show Timeless Geometry is Here to Stay

If you were a Greek tourist in the 1st century BCE you would likely have had something in your hand that would be quite familiar here in the 21st century. A guide book. The most popular guide book of the Hellenic world listed seven wonders of the world that should be visited by any Greek traveler.

Of those seven wonders, six no longer exist. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus were lost to natural causes, the Temple of Artemis and Statue of Zues destroyed by human hands, and no one knows what happened to the Hanging Gardens. The remaining wonder is the Great Pyramid of Giza. This colossal Egyptian structure is so grand a work that even today, 4,500 years after its construction, it is still considered by some to be the most impressive civil engineering project in history, beating out feats like the Panama Canal, the Hoover Dam, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Women and Combat Nursing 1775-1815

Thank you to Rick over at 18th Century History for publishing my piece.

If you were to ask about when women began acting as nurses for the military, two names always pop up. Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton are held up as the ground breakers who brought women and nursing into the history of military medicine, and indeed, to the world as a whole. This truth has been taught to us in both our history text books and in the popular mythos that reaffirms the basis of our modern society.

For the critical historian, a simple acceptance of the commonly held belief cannot go unchallenged. While Florence Nightingale and Clara Barton certainly deserve their position in the history books as powerful advocates for modernizing battlefield medicine and moving forward the recognition of women’s capabilities in military medicine, the facts reveal a somewhat different picture of the history of women in nursing and military medicine. The use of women as nurses in warfare was both formalized in regulation and practice in the armies and navies of both the United Kingdom and the United States prior to Nightingale’s involvement in the Crimean War and Barton’s involvement in the U.S. Civil War. We’ll explore this by looking at the two major wars to involve both nations prior to this, the American Revolution of 1775-1783 and the Napoleonic Wars (including the War of 1812) of 1793-1815.

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Is an Online Degree a Good Idea?

Thank you to My College Advice for publishing another of my articles.

So, let’s talk about online degrees.

Back in 2010, the U.S. Accountability Office investigated a number of online degree programs and declared them to be rife with fraud and deceptive marketing. I’m not going to name them (no free advertising from me for those creeps!), but several big-name for-profit organizations were declared to be nothing less than scams. Fifteen different organizations wound up being named during Senate testimony when the report was released.

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Five Medical Degrees to Pursue Before ETS

Thank you to Military Spot for publishing my article on medical careers for former soldiers.

Every soldier in theArmy is familiar with that term. Often that little date in the future becomes the mantra soldiers cling to, that moment when “this too shall pass.” It’s that glorious hoped for moment where you get your DD214 and the opportunity to return to a life free of APFTs, MREs, ACUs, PCOSs, and acronyms.

If you’re in a medical MOS there is a world of opportunity for you out there. There is a significant shortage of qualified medical personnelout there. With proper advanced preparation you can walk out the gates of “Fort Sam” with a new job already lined up. The question is, what sort of preparation are we talking about?

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Pharmacists Prescribing – the Prescription for Relieving Doctors?

Thank you to HCS World for printing my article on Medication Therapy Management.

There is a good deal of debate going on regarding the shortage of medical professionals in the U.S. these days. Manpower Group’s annual talent shortage survey pegged nurses as being #10 on their list of all professions suffering from significant shortages of qualified job seekers. Maryville University backs this up with a breakdown of the numbers by state. Doctors aren’t exactly in good supply either, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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10 Greatest Air Battles In History

Thank you to Top Tenz for publishing my article.

Aviation is a relative newcomer to the field of battle. Though balloons would begin seeing significant use as aerial recon platforms in the 1860s, the first use of air power as we think of it would not begin until World War I, a mere 100 years ago. Since then a number of battles have taken place that would shake the heavens, alter the course of wars, and change how we viewed the sky.

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