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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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(p.69) 7 Boredom
Doctors at War

Mark de Rond

Cornell University Press

The author reflects on the boredom that strikes doctors and surgical staff stationed at the field hospital. In principle, boredom should have been good news—after all, no one was getting hurt—except that it left the doctors with nothing meaningful to do. And so they found themselves pining for work to come in, even if this invariably came at the expense of someone else getting hurt. Boredom can also drive doctors to criticize each other's handling of patients and treatment and discharge decisions. The military is no stranger to boredom, not even on deployment to some of the most volatile, conflict-ridden regions in the world such as Afghanistan. According to the author, the surgical staff at Camp Bastion's hospital, with idle time on their hands, became introspective.

Keywords:   boredom, doctors, field hospital, patients, treatment, military, Afghanistan, surgical staff, Camp Bastion

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