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War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007 (Textbooks of Military Medicine) 1st Edition

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JAMA, American Medical Association dated November 5, 2008 by Thomas M. Scalea, MD, Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore

"The organization of the book is unique and easy to comprehend.  The case presentations are quite succinct.  Teaching points as well as clinical implications are highlighted to make them easy to follow and to aid in understanding the important lessons.   . . .

The book becomes almost a tutorial essay of what can and should be done when delivering trauma care on the battlefield.  To my knowledge, no similar book has ever been put together to help educate civilian trauma practitioners.   . . .

I enjoyed the opportunity to review this book and enthusiastically recommend it to all readers interested in injury care."

 


Library Journal 5/15/2009 issue  Special Feature Article by Jim Church "Looking Back, Moving On: 2008 Best Notable Government Documents"

War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007. by Shawn Christian Neesen & others. U.S. Dept. of the Army, Office of the Surgeon General. 2008. 441p. illus. SuDoc # D 104.35:SU 7. GPO Stock # 008-023-00133-2

"The latest volume in the "Textbooks of Military Medicine" series is not for the faint of heart, with its photos illustrating the grim nature of today's military conflicts.  Prepared especially for emergency medical personnel, the book provides the principles and priorities critical to managing the trauma of modern warfare."


American Medical Writers Association --- Winner of the Distinguished 2009 AMWA Medical Book Award
Physicians category


Publication: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival, June 2010 issue

Review Article citation: van Bergen, Leo , de Mare, Heidi and Meijman, Frans J.(2010) 'From Goya to Afghanistan - an essay on the ratio and ethics of medical war pictures', Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 26: 2, 124 - 144

 

"We performed a multidisciplinary analysis of War Surgery (2008), a book containing harsh, full-colour photographs of mutilated soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Our analysis shows that, within the medical context, this book is a major step forward in medical war communication and documentation. In the military context the book can be conceived as an attempt to put matters right given the enormous sacrifice some individuals have suffered. For the public, the relationship between the 'reality' and 'truth' of such photographs is ambiguous, because only looking at the photographs without reading the medical context is limiting. If the obsdrver is not familiar with medical practice, it is difficult for him to fully assess, signify, and acknowledge the value and relevance of this book."



Washington Book Publishers

2009 -- Honorable Mention, Technical Text, Small to Medium-Size Nonprofit Publisher: War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007

About the Author

Shawn Christian Nessen, DO, FACS, LTC, MC, U.S. Army
Dr. Nesen is a graduate of Idaho State University in Pocatello and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa.  He did his general surgery residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. In year 2003, he served as a staff surgeon with the 10th and 28th Cobat Support Hospitals in Iraq.  As this book went to press, LTC Nesen was completing a 15-month deployment as Commander of the 541st FST (ABN) in Afghanistan.

Dave Edmond Lounsbury, MD, FACP, COL, MC, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Dr. Lounsbury is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont.  He did his residency training in medicine and neurology at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, California.  He was assigned to the 300th Field Hospital (EPW) in the first Gulf War (1991) and served as Brigade Surgeon in the Balkans (UNPREDEP) in the winter of 1995-1996.  In year 2003, Colonel Lounsbury was the Deputy Commander of the 10th Combat Support Hospital in Kuwait.  He retired from the U.S. Army Medical Department in year 2005.  Dr. Lounsbury is presently Developmental/Consulting Editor at the Borden Institute at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Stephen P. Hetz, MD, FACS, COL, MC,  U.S. Army (Ret.)
Dr. Hetz is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.  He did his general surgery residency at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.  In the first Gulf War (1991), he served as a staff surgeon with the 12th U.S. EVAC Hospital.  In year 2004, Dr, Hertz was Commander of the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Balad, Iraq. He retired from the U.S. Army in year 2006.  Dr. Hertz remains on the general surgery teaching staff and is the Director of Medical Education at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Textbooks of Military Medicine
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Dept. of the Army; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981822800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981822808
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was produced by the Borden Institute which writes the Textbooks of Military Medicine for the Army Medical Department (AMEDD). It is a series of case studies from surgeons deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Each case presented begins with a narrative that describes how the wounded patient arrived and the care they received followed by teaching points from the surgeons who cared for the patients and then a section that describes best practices for surgeons who encounter similar situations including contemporary damage control techniques.

The foreward is written by Bob Woodruff who was critically injured in Iraq and who was evacuated to a military hospital in Iraq where he received life saving neurosurgery. In addition to describing his care he pointedly states, "it is our dream that the attention to the wounded remains as focused in the long journey to heal as it is in those white-hot moments in the surgical theater when nothing is spared to save a life."

The book is beautifully illustrated with over 450 color photographs. The pictures accompany the cases described and are dramatic but will be disturbing to some. Often, the pictures show the initial injuries and in some cases "after" pictures show the patients when they have recovered from their wounds. These photos were taken by the surgeons themselves at various stages of the patient's care.

Beyond its obvious usefulness in preparing surgeons for combat, the book also uniquley demonstrates what war surgery is, and the great work that medical personnel of the United States Armed Forces perform. It is in many ways the story of their war.
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The Authors and Editors of this book have really put together an outstanding piece of work that should not only be extremely useful to military and civilian trauma surgeons but will also stand alone as a document to the incredible work being done in the current conflicts. (Disclaimer: - although I am not a listed contributor, I did help take care of some of the patients listed in the book)

This is a great resource for surgeons (especially if it has been a while since they were immersed in trauma) to look over on the 14+ hour flight to Kuwait. While it cannot cover every single injury that may be faced downrange, it will certainly cover the majority of situations and definitely get the trauma mindset in gear. Other great reads on that flight include Top Knife: Art and Craft in Trauma Surgeryand Operative Trauma Management.

There was some minor controversy regarding the publishing of this book (mostly due to the photographs and some descriptions of the mechanism of the injuries) but I am glad the Army Surgeon General supported this book and that it is available. Time will only tell what long term medical and surgical advances will come from this war, but this book is an excellent start.
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Amazing book. US Navy FMF Corpsman Approved. I first saw this book in training one of our senior Doc's had a copy, shortly after we had all acquired our own.
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I think everybody needs to see and read this book. I'm a medical proffesional that works in EMS as a flight nurse and the cases presented in this book made my heart bleed for the men and women overseas. They would all be home tommorow if all Americans could see the realities of war. As a flight nurse I learned a tremendous amount of information that I can use in my everyday practice. This book is a must have for every health proffesional library.
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By JWORKMAN on November 23, 2012
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As a physical therapy student at San Diego Naval Medical Center, this book really helped me better understand what types of injuries and trauma my patients had sustained. This book is put together in a tasteful and educational way. I would recommend this for anyone who is working with soldiers, whether on the immediate medical response or in the rehabilitation side.
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By reader on October 21, 2009
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Presented as a series of case studies, this book illustrates what has been learned in these two theatres. It includes the lastest thinking on resuscitation, decision making at all levels of care, and provides examples of the thinking on the spot which can save life and limb (literally). If you are or might be involved in trauma surgery, read it.
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The cases depicted in this book are remarkable, and the commentary is insightful and applicable to domestic trauma. This book is an outstanding addition to the libraries of surgeons, as well as members of the public who want an inside glimpse into the daily experiences of military trauma surgeons.
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This is a great tool to advance the education of any medical professional. I am glad they FINALLY cleared this book for sale and deregulated the contents. If you are curious what I am talking about, do a little research. This is a great book!!!
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