Invited CommentaryBlast From the Past A Retrospective Analysis of Blast-induced Head InjuryYu, Kristin E. BA; Murphy, Justin M. BA; Tsao, Jack W. MD, DPhil Author Information *Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD †Department of Neurology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center ‡Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memphis, TN The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the authors and are not be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the United States Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Reprints: Jack W. Tsao, MD, DPhil, Department of Neurology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 855 Monroe Avenue, Suite 415, Memphis, TN 38163. E-mail: [email protected]. The Neurologist: March 2016 - Volume 21 - Issue 2 - p 17-18 doi: 10.1097/NRL.0000000000000077 Buy Metrics Abstract Because of the sharp increase in the number of military personnel exposed to explosive blasts in combat, research has been dedicated toward understanding the impact of explosions on the brain. It is important to consider that potential injuries that military personnel sustain may be both in the form of physical injury as well as “invisible” neuronal and psychological damage. Since the inception of the study of blast science in the Medieval and Renaissance eras, significant improvements have been made in the historical record keeping and biomedical analysis of blast injuries. This editorial comments on the evolution of blast science and the recognition of neurological sequelae from both the historical and scientific perspectives. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.