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Army Surgeon Lectures on Nerve Agents in Kuwait

from U.S. Army Central

The subject of this article promotes ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine® Global Health Initiative.

The top doctor for the 28th Infantry Division paired up with a Kuwaiti physiotherapist May 3 to be this month’s speakers at an ongoing medical exchange at North Military Medical Complex, Kuwait. Lt. Col. Gregory Johnston, M.D., division surgeon, lectured on the history, effects and treatment of nerve agents while Dr. Hessa Alkandari from Kuwait Military Hospital spoke about the need for practitioners to view exercise as medicine.

Their presentations continued a series of medical symposia that dates back to 2017. The goal of the exchanges is to share knowledge while developing relationships between medical complex soldiers and staff and U.S. Soldiers deployed to Kuwait as part of Task Force Spartan. Johnston spoke first and detailed how the use of nerve agents as a weapon has evolved over time.

“Chemical weapons have been around since time immemorial,” Johnston said. “The roots of using poison as a weapon go back thousands of years.”

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