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Doctors at WarLife and Death in a Field Hospital$
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Mark de Rond

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705489

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705489.001.0001

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Doctors at War

Mark de Rond

Cornell University Press

The author, having been in Camp Bastion for more than a week, talks about the casualties of war that doctors and nurses at the field hospital had to attend to on a daily basis. Two of the casualties had been dropped off by helicopter, the elder of whom was badly inebriated. Another casualty was a thirteen-year-old who had sustained shrapnel wounds from an improvised explosive. The author also reflects on the key principles that medical professionals expect to enact, such as “making the care of your patients your first concern” and “providing a good standard of practice and care.” Pre-deployment training for surgeons and anesthetists was predominantly technical in nature. This general technical focus is designed in part to desensitize doctors to emotions that may interfere with their ability to provide the best possible patient care.

Keywords:   casualties, Camp Bastion, doctors, nurses, field hospital, medical professionals, patients, surgeons, anesthetists, patient care

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