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Fragments from Iraq: Diary of a Navy Trauma Surgeon (2012)

by Zsolt T. Stockinger

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An accurate representation. In ways that I don't think the author expected. It is informational and somewhat entertaining. It also conveys the boredom of deployment in that the events are rather tedious to read. I enjoyed the book, but it was difficult to get through. ( )
  Neilsantos | Jan 25, 2013 |
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Fragments from Iraq written in a diary form by Zsolt T. Stockinger is a very interesting read, interspersed with the doctor’s own photographs gives you camera’s view of war. If you wondered what’s its like on the battlefield and the aftermath of same and wanted an accurate view of the suffering of combatants and innocents from a reliable source, this book is for you.
Mr. Stockinger a Navy trauma surgeon, served from February 2005 to March 2006 in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle. He performed hundreds of surgeries and treated thousands of patients both Iraqi, U.S. and EPWs (Enemy Prisoner of War). In this diary format to his wife back home Dr. Stockinger shares with the reader his thoughts, emotions, frustrations and experiences.
His diary offers an honest look into daily military life from the point of a top trauma surgeon, telling of the daily activities the surgeon encountered on his base in Iraq: from the boring daily routine, to the serious injuries, whether from roadside bombs, rockets or firefights, self-inflicted wounds and so much more. ( )
  Elliot1822 | Sep 30, 2012 |
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Zsolt Stockinger is a Trauma surgeon stationed in Iraq from Febr 2005 to March 2006. In a diary he records the daily life at the base. It is not for the faint of heart, being a trauma surgeon he is quite detailed in his descriptions of the different casualties that arrived at the trauma center. It is a testament to the carnage and suffering of war. But there is also humor and relaxation, in between the casualties, where the author and his buddies go jogging or "sightseeing", trying to make the best of their time there. ( )
  poiema77 | Sep 29, 2012 |
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This is a fantastic and at times disturbing look at a side of war rarely talked about.

The author does a superb job of relating the stress and day to day routine (if it can be called that) of a trauma surgeon in one of the most dangerous places on earth.

At times the narrative slows it's pace much like the experience of soldiers in a combat zone, days of boredom followed by seconds of shear terror, yet it is always compelling. ( )
  SgtBrown | Sep 12, 2012 |
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This very matter of fact story helps you to understand the difficulty of war and the damage it does. The sacrifices made for us, while we go about our everyday without a thought of these hard working individuals. Except the occasional news story we may hear as we walk though the room.

It also shows why certain individuals are trauma surgeons. Not for the faint of heart or stomach. Very blunt and graphic. Simply told in a diary form as each day runs in to the other.

I received this as an early reviewers book. I would not have purchased and that would have been a mistake. It is now in the hands of my husband.
  marycrear | Sep 5, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 078646951X, Paperback)

From February 2005 to March 2006, Navy trauma surgeon Zsolt T. Stockinger served on a forward operating base in Iraq's Sunni Triangle, where he treated more than a thousand casualties and performed hundreds of surgeries. Throughout his deployment, he penned his more introspective thoughts and frustrations about his experiences in a journal that he occasionally sent to his wife as a way to stay connected. Stockinger's diary offers a unique account of daily military life in Iraq from a surgeon's perspective, from the intense action of rocket attacks and emergency procedures to the creative and often lighthearted ways soldiers fill tedious stretches of down time. Illustrated with more than 50 photographs, this work provides a realistic portrait of life on base and a powerful perspective on the human carnage of war.

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"From February 2005 to March 2006, Navy trauma surgeon Zsolt T. Stockinger served on a forward operating base in Iraq's Sunni Triangle, where he treated more than a thousand casualties and performed hundreds of surgeries. Throughout his deployment, he penned his more introspective thoughts and frustrations about his experiences in a journal"--… (more)

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