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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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War Is Nasty

War Is Nasty

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Doctors at War

Mark de Rond

Cornell University Press

The author denounces the war because of the ugly psychological effects of war. He first describes some of the day's casualties in Camp Bastion, including a seven-year-old bilateral amputee, a fifteen-year-old shot in the chest by NATO troops after he failed to heed warning shots, and a U.S. marine who died on the operating table. He then wonders how surgeons and nurses are affected by nonstop exposure to death and dying and goes on to cite the psychological costs of war such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicides among military personnel. He says exposure to the consequences of war was personally traumatic to the surgical team in Camp Bastion. The author concludes with an overview of the coping mechanisms used by the field hospital's medical staff in an attempt to protect themselves from psychological anguish, namely: “avoidance coping” and “escape coping.”

Keywords:   war, casualties, Camp Bastion, death, post-traumatic stress disorder, military personnel, surgical team, coping mechanisms, avoidance coping, escape coping

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