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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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Christmas in Summer

Christmas in Summer

(p.79) 8 Christmas in Summer
Doctors at War

Mark de Rond

Cornell University Press

The author talks about the midsummer Christmas celebrated at the wards of the field hospital. He first discusses patrol-free days, which give insurgents plenty of opportunity to dig in new explosives, meaning that the next few days can be particularly dangerous as troops struggle to identify freshly upturned soil in an otherwise familiar, arid terrain not helped by the wind blowing topsoil all across it. He then turns to the day's casualties, which include three American soldiers, two of whom were victims of gunshot wounds; an eight-year-old girl who had been intubated inflight with an endotracheal tube; an Afghan double amputee; and a badly burned baby with a contagious infection. The author also mentions a major military campaign that was scheduled to be launched in forty-eight hours' time; the hospital had been warned to expect up to sixteen new casualties per day.

Keywords:   casualties, Christmas, field hospital, insurgents, explosives, soldiers, gunshot wounds, military campaign

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