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Doctors at War: Life and Death in a Field Hospital

Mark de Rond


This book is a candid account of a trauma surgical team based, for a tour of duty, at a field hospital in Helmand, Afghanistan. It tells of the highs and lows of surgical life in hard-hitting detail, bringing to life a morally ambiguous world in which good people face impossible choices and in which routines designed to normalize experience have the unintended effect of highlighting war's absurdity. With stories that are at once comical and tragic, the book captures the surreal experience of being a doctor at war. It lifts the cover on a world rarely ever seen, let alone written about, and pro ... More

Keywords: field hospital, Helmand, Afghanistan, war, soldiers, heroism, compassion, fatigue, doctors, surgical team

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501705489
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark de Rond, author
Cambridge University