Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds: A Medical Odyssey from Vietnam to Afghanistan


Former military doctor traces changing military tactics results in changing nature of wounds.
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Former military doctor traces changing military tactics results in changing nature of wounds.
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Pediatrician Glasser, whose best-selling 1971 memoir, 365 Days, recounts his experiences as an U.S. Army physician during the Vietnam era, updates his earlier observations with this disturbing exploration of the medical aspects of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, where explosives are the enemies' weapons of choice. Survivors of these improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and suicide bombs may suffer massive injuries, amputations, and brain damage, requiring years, if not lifetimes, of expensive treatment. Other explosive injuries to the brain are subtle and difficult to detect without advanced imaging equipment. Glasser argues convincingly that the effects of surviving repeated shock waves contribute to soldiers' and veterans' high rates of prescription drug addiction, suicide, and debilitating post-traumatic stress syndrome. The tragic human cost of such injuries is paralleled by our mounting financial obligation to provide lifelong care for ever-growing numbers of returning soldiers. VERDICT Glasser writes with a passion that challenges those who might wish to avoid confronting the harsh medical and social costs of current warfare. General readers will be engrossed in his accounts of the spirit, creativity, and heroism of our soldiers and the medics, nurses, and physicians who care for them.—Kathy Arsenault, St. Petersburg, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933909479
  • Publisher: History Publishing Company, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 672,367
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

An American doctor and author, most famous for his bestselling book "365 Days," the preeminent Vietnam War book reviewed in the Washington Monthly and the New York Times. 365 Days has been translated into nine languages and is widely read.He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Medical School and is a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Forty Years of War 11

The Late Great 1968 / Welcome to the Army 13

Zama / The Wounded 29

The Medics / Then and Now 39

America's Wars / An Autopsy Report 45

Med-evacs and Gunships / A Short and Deadly Technical History 57

The Changing Face of Military Medicine 63

Teleconferencing / More Than Six Degrees of Separation 79

All the Toms / Iraq 2004 85

Shell Shock / The Shattering of Minds 103

The Wars Within 113

Multiple Deployments / Brains at Risk 127

The Bleeding Wars 139

IEDs / Blasts that Kill and Maim 147

Traumatic Brain Injuries / PTSD / The Invisible Wounds 159

All the Jakes /Adrift in Afghanistan/ 2010 173

That Deadly Sense of Privilege 193

All the Carries and Priscillas 207

Bullets of Grief / A Prescription for Prevention 219

"Is My Junk All Together?" 235

Chronicles / Reduxing Vietnam 239

Epilogue 243

Acknowledgments o245

Glossary 247

References and Recommended Reading 251

Index 263

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