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  • March 24 Is World Tuberculosis Day

    Every year 9 million people around the world get sick with tuberculosis, or TB; 3.3 million don’t get appropriate medical care; and 1.5 million people die from the disease, primarily those in developing countries. Every year on March 24 the world marks World TB Day to commemorate the day in 1882 that Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had found the cause of the disease, which was the first step in diagnosing and curing TB. World TB Day is an opportunity to mobilize commitment to eliminating the disease. Organizers want to encourage national health ministries around the world to focus their efforts on the millions of cases of TB that go undiagnosed, untreated, and not cured.

    free resource button small  March 24 Is World Tuberculosis DayThis directory of resources, from Respiratory Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Edition, provides information on organizations that provide information, support, and advocacy for those affected by respiratory issues, including tuberculosis.

    Comprehensive information about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of respiratory illnesses is available in Respiratory Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Edition.

    Posted: March 22, 2015

  • The My Lai Massacre

    During the Vietnam War, Charlie Company—part of the First Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Infantry Brigade, 23rd Infantry Division—was made up of about 140 young men who represented America: black, white, and Hispanic, from the East, West, North, and South. On March 16, 1968, these American soldiers entered the Vietnamese village of My Lai and shot and killed between 300 and 507 unarmed Vietnamese people—men, women, and children. The victims were not part of enemy troops, and they were not resisting at the time of the massacre. When the atrocity was uncovered in the U.S. press after a year-long cover up, many Americans were shocked, sickened, outraged, and left wondering how American soldiers could have committed such heinous acts.

    free resource button small  The My Lai Massacre Information about some of the challenges the American military faced in fighting the Viet Cong is provided in this section from Defining Moments: The Vietnam War.

    Additional information about the events leading up to, during, and after the Vietnam War, including biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: The Vietnam War.

    Posted: March 15, 2015