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

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

by Ronald Glasser M.D.
     
 

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Told in the narrative, and from personal experience, author traces changing nature of warfare from jungles of Vietnam to streets and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan and the physical and psychological damage of wounds to troops in U.S. Army and Marine Corps. And what it has come to realize. The efficiency of evacuation units has led to quick treatment of IED-caused

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Told in the narrative, and from personal experience, author traces changing nature of warfare from jungles of Vietnam to streets and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan and the physical and psychological damage of wounds to troops in U.S. Army and Marine Corps. And what it has come to realize. The efficiency of evacuation units has led to quick treatment of IED-caused wounds resulting in life-saving amputation,most since American Civil War. Amputation on women soldiers and their difficulty using prosthetics designed for male soldiers is examined and, large scale concussive cerebral damage, a new phenomenon in military medical treatment requiring lifetime care of the wounded, is examined and the escalating, hidden costs of lifetime care put into perspective. New, previously unpublished studies on the concussive effects on the brain are presented. Something also relative to NFL interest.Using narrative vignettes,the rising medical and sociological costs of the Afghan War are clearly defined and the escalating hidden costs of long term medical care are put into projection.Lt. General Harold Moore wrote the Foreword.

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Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933909486
Publisher:
History Publishing Company, LLC
Publication date:
06/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Glasser is an American doctor and author, most famous for his bestselling book "365 Days," the preeminent Vietnam War. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.

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