A Doctor-soldier's Story

Book - 2017
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"In Iraq, as a combat physician and officer, Jon Kerstetter balanced two impossibly conflicting imperatives - to heal and to kill. When he suffered an injury and then a stroke during his third tour, he wound up back home in Iowa, no longer able to be either a doctor or a soldier. In this gorgeous memoir that moves from his impoverished upbringing on an Oneida reservation, to his harrowing stints as a volunteer medic in Kosovo and Bosnia, through the madness of Iraq and his intense mandate to assemble a team to identify the remains of Uday and Qusay Hussein, and the struggle afterward to come to terms with a life irrevocably changed, Kerstetter beautifully illuminates war and survival, the fragility of the human body, and the strength of will that lies within."--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781101904374
Characteristics: viii, 342 pages


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Jan 23, 2018

Simply a procedural book about a Native American who became a doctor, joined the military, had a stroke and spent years trying to rebuild his life. Nowhere near as inspiring as I would have hoped, but it is a good look at the choices battlefield doctors have to make each day, including treating the enemy as they are obligated to under the Geneva Conventions.

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