Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds: A Medical Odyssey from Vietnam to Afghanistan
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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 New, previously unpublished studies on the concussive effects on the brain are presented.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.
insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan have become the low-tech answer of an enemy that lacks the firepower to confront a modern army and so becomes, not only the weapon of necessity, but the weapon of choice. Strategically, IEDs have let the insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan take advantage of our tactical mistakes. There were not enough troops on the ground in either country to offer real security, forcing our units to be constantly shifted from one contested area to
as trivial head trauma—no loss of consciousness, no seizures, no persistent confusion or observable lethargy, especially if repeated—can and does lead to persistent and significant functional and cognitive disabilities. The National Football League, while still refusing to officially admit to the physical damage caused by head trauma, has instituted a policy that finally goes beyond the medical “Don’t Worry Thing” about being “dinged” or “having your bell rung.” Anyone experiencing
faced with a population that is not involved or doesn’t care that much about what is happening, can cause as much damage to a nation as any jingoistic military commander or field marshal. Add to that mix of potential political or military hubris a volunteer army, removed from an unconcerned or uninformed electorate, pushed on by an imperial government or military establishment, and you have the ingredients for a national disaster; specifically, the implementing of narrow, self-serving decisions
fully-automatic weapons, including the 1919 Browning automatic rifle, the Thompson submachine gun, the German machine pistol, and the British Vickers machine gun. The industrial revolution had been in place for some sixty years when World War I began and so it was time for slaughter on an industrial scale. These automatic weapons fired a shorter and slightly lighter bullet than the standard 30-caliber rifle round. The lighter bullets allowed these automatic weapons to fire a large number of
succeeded, in keeping the wounded alive through that golden hour. They packed wounds, gave injections of morphine, put on tourniquets, carried needles to start IVs in order to hang bottles of plasma and when they had to—and only if they had to—cut open the neck to do an in-the-field tracheotomy in order to clear the airway of blood and keep the injured soldier or marine breathing, or at least give them the chance to keep breathing until they could make it to a chopper. There would be a