Combat Doctor

Combat Doctor

Life and Death Stories From Kandahar's Military Hospital

Book - 2013
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An emergency room doctor recounts harrowing stories about his time at a combat hospital in Kandahar.

Combat Doctor presents the stories of the victims of the War in Afghanistan, as told by the last Canadian Officer Commanding at the Kandahar Role 3 Multinational Hospital. In 2009, Marc Dauphin, an experienced emergency-room physician, served a full tour at the combat hospital in Kandahar. During his time there, he dealt with injuries more horrific than he had ever seen during his civilian experience. He and the Role 3 Hospital's international staff saw an unparalleled number of severe casualties and yet maintained a survival rate of 97 percent - a record for all times and all wars. It is impossible to remain unmoved by Marc Dauphin's descriptions of those he treated: the terrified children, the stoic soldiers, those mutilated almost beyond help. Each story is powerful, vividly told, and unique.

Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn Press, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781459719262
Characteristics: 301 pages :,illustrations (chiefly colour) ;,23 cm

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I'm very glad that Dr. Dauphin wrote this book. It gives us a glimpse of what our military is doing overseas, from the inside, and the effects of war at a very individual level. I agree with the review above that the editing should have been much stronger. Nevertheless, Canada is engaging more and more in armed conflict around the world, and I think it's important for us understand what that means. Books like this one can help us to do that.

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