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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Hnida Narrator: George K. Wilson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A family doctor with limited surgical experience, Dr. Dave Hnida volunteered for two tours of duty in Iraq - first as a battalion surgeon with a combat unit and then as trauma chief at the busiest Combat Support Hospital (CSH) during the Surge.

With honesty and candor, and the goofy, self-deprecating humor that sustained him and his fellow doctors through their darkest hours, he provides an astonishing firsthand account of the psychological horror show of conducting medical care in the front lines of an unscripted war.

Like a modern-day M*A*S*H, Dr. Hnida and his team conducted surgery under terrible conditions in a series of tents connected to the occasional run-down building. With an unrelenting caseload, his CSH, the only one staffed by reservists - older, more experienced physicians (who were also more disdainful of authority) - soon became the medivac destination of choice because of their high survival rate, an astounding 99.5 percent.

Dr. Hnida has suffered some very dark hours. Not only were nine of the students killed in the Columbine shootings, his family practice patients, but his daughter, a place kicker and the first female to score a point in an NCAA Division I football game, was the victim in a widely publicized rape case. He took from these events not hopelessness but rather an overwhelming desire to help as many young people as he could. His decision, at 48, to enlist as a reservist in the Iraq war is a true testament to his commitment to fulfill that goal.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/10/2014

    " The last time Dr. Dave Hnida saw his dad, they talked about Mr. Hnida's experience in World War II. In an attempt to understand his father better, Dave signed up for two tours of duty in Iraq. In this moving and sometimes humorous book, Dr. Hnida brings to life his experiences while serving his second tour at "Paradise General", a combat support hospital in Tikrit. His intimate account of life, duty, and sacrifice there is humbling. This is an honest, well written, great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Craig Toerpe | 1/31/2014

    " Completed in 10 days Great read from start to finish. The author, Dr. Hnida is doing some soul-searching, and believes he found his answer by using his physician skills to sign up and become a combat physician in the Army...let me tell you, he doesn't completely find his answer, but he is now able to better relate to those who are serving/have served, especially with the memories of his late father. Although Dr. Hnida uses medical stories to take the reader on a journey, this book is more about the lives of the men and women who are serving our country, overseas, during wartime...about relationships that develop, and about a father's journey to make sure he not only represents himself well on this earth, but also sets an example for his children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robin | 1/31/2014

    " This book has an interesting subject, but an uninteresting author. I would have enjoyed this book much more if it was more about the experiences of the doctor instead of the doctor himself. He comes across as kind of an aging jerk that thinks he's still hip and cool. It's just an okay book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by bobby mccormick | 1/14/2014

    " a little bit over the top, but an easy and fun, deep in some respects and moving, adventure of a MASH like surgeon in the wars in the middle east. Hnida makes the wars come real and alive. "

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