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Spc. Shavonna Gonzales, a medic from Gulf Shores, Ala., assigned to Company I, 4th Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, inspects the urine sample of a detainee for a kidney infection during a medical examination June 2 at the Detainee Holding Area Annex at Forward Operating Base Prosperity, Baghdad.

Trauma is more glamorous and very important to master. However, the most significant portion of your patients will Disease and Non-Battle Injuries (DNBI). Medics should know how to assess and treat these cases to maintain the fighting force. The ability to assess and recognize; treat, refer, or evacuate; and control pain and rehabilitate your patients is an important part of being a well-rounded medic.

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