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Your Eastern Iowa: M*A*S*H at Grout Museum


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- M*A*S*H is on display now at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo.

The Grout Museum display features the history of mobile army surgical hospitals, which started in the early 1950's with the Korean Conflict.  They were made famous by the 1970's and '80's television series starring Alan Alda.

Exhibit Curator Robin Venter spoke with Jeff Kennedy about the advancements in medicine that came about as a direct result from M*A*S*H units.

"The first thing that comes to mind is the helicopter, life flight, transporting patients by helicopter.  Arterial surgeries were another big one that came about.  The blood being stored in bottles or bags.  They actually started using bags at the time which meant they could give a patient that's bleeding to death blood faster, and even ambulatory, getting patients up and moving around quick came around during the Korean War," Venter said.

The exhibit will be on display through May 1, 2011.

Online Producer: Mike Verlo


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