By Ronald Glasser M.D.
Advised within the narrative, and from own event, writer lines altering nature of battle from jungles of Vietnam to streets and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan and the actual and mental harm of wounds to troops in U.S. military and Marine Corps. And what it has come to achieve. The potency of evacuation devices has ended in quickly therapy of IED-caused wounds leading to life-saving amputation,most when you consider that American Civil struggle. Amputation on ladies infantrymen and their hassle utilizing prosthetics designed for male squaddies is tested and, huge scale concussive cerebral harm, a brand new phenomenon in army scientific therapy requiring lifetime care of the wounded, is tested and the escalating, hidden expenses of lifetime care placed into point of view. New, formerly unpublished reports at the concussive results at the mind are provided. whatever additionally relative to NFL interest.Using narrative vignettes,the emerging clinical and sociological expenses of the Afghan conflict are basically outlined and the escalating hidden charges of long-term therapy are placed into projection.Lt. common Harold Moore wrote the Foreword.
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During the search for Osama Bin Laden, a Special Forces trooper in the mountain ranges of the tribal areas of West Afghanistan was shot at close range. Rounds from an AK-47 hit him in the chest. The trooper dropped to the ground, but a few moments later rose up to shoot and kill his attacker. According to those who were there, it was like seeing Lazarus rise from the dead. Only this Lazarus rose up with an M-4 still in his hand. It was something that simply had never happened in any other war. Today’s more effective body armor, which better protects the chest, heart, lungs, back, and upper abdomen, is a major part of the new survivability.
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