YORK, PA. — For many people when asked to name the earliest example of airborne medevac, the TV show M*A*S*H, set in the time of the Korean War, comes to mind.  If you’re among them, you may be surprised to learn the early 1950s timeframe is nearly a century too late. The earliest recorded use of air transport to get trauma victims to medical treatment occurred in 1870, by means of hot air balloons, during the siege of Paris in the Franco-Prussian War. ...

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