A Doctor on the Front Lines in Afghanistan : A War Diary

Book - 2009
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Military doctors serving in Afghanistan usually spend their entire tour in the relatively safe confines of the main base. FOB Doc is the story of one Canadian doctor who spent nearly his entire tour in combat. Captain Ray Wiss was stationed at Forward Operating Bases -- FOBs -- in Khandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban and the most intense zone combat in Afghanistan. He shares the 'terror and boredom' of the front-line soldier's life in this candid personal diary. One day, he might be participating in combat operations, treating severe and bloody injuries and coping with the deaths of fellow soldiers, both Afghans and NATO allies; another day, he might be writing about the challenges of going to the latrine in sub-zero weather. FOB Doc is heartbreaking and hilarious, often on the same page.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2009
ISBN: 9781553654728
Branch Call Number: 958.1047 WIS
Characteristics: xv, 194 p. : col. ill. ; 25 cm


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Feb 10, 2016

Engaging and well-written.

Sep 14, 2012

Fantastic book. Not difficult to read, explains all terms - uses a bit of military and a bit of medical terminology. But explains why Dr. Weiss supported us being in Afghanistan, and why the west should care. Told very caringly about the Afghan people and about soldiers who serve overseas, but also with bits of humour. Dr. Weiss cares enough that profits go to Veterans associaton, not to the author.

Nov 26, 2010

An excellent read, down to earth and honest!

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