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Citizen-Surgeon takes listeners into the otherwise inaccessible, remote, and intense world of life and surgery within a combat zone.In the backdrop of the US-led war in Afghanistan, amidst a defining US Marine Corps’ offensive to conquer the Marjah region of Helmand Province, [then] US Navy Commander Paul Roach and his company-mates assemble and congeal as a medical unit in Southern California, transport from the United States to their tents in Dasht-e-Margo (the “Desert of Death”) in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, and professionally execute their role as one of the few medical and surgical companies supporting this major offensive.In the course of the audiobook’s events the author undergoes a transformation from being a physician in a military uniform into a military officer that happens to be a physician. The crucible effecting this change is the military offensive and his role within it. Shocking and intense, an array of critical injuries and their treatments are described in rich language that anyone, medical or nonmedical alike, can absorb. Death also pervades the atmosphere; intrusive, unyielding, and painful, its battlefield familiarity and personal impact is resisted, suffered, and ultimately accepted.Citizen-Surgeon is an intimate portrayal; a chronicle; a celebration of friendship, love, success, and failure; contemporary war; and military medicine. It is an account of a slice of reality that few people are privileged to know. It reflects deeply upon the nature of personal choice and how that choice puts us where we are in life, even if we did not fully see in advance how the choice would change us.Citizen-Surgeon also explores a variant of post-traumatic stress particular to medical assets, and it reveal’s one man’s chess match against it. It is a must-listen for those with a specific interest in contemporary military medicine and for those with broader, essentially human interests in individual growth, adventure, and self-actualization.Author’s Note: The Military Expeditionary Brigade-Afghanistan earned the Presidential Unit Citation for their efforts. This is one of only two such awards that the United States Marine Corps has received since the Persian Gulf, and it is the only Presidential Unit Citation given to any unit during the entire Afghan war. It is the highest unit commendation award that can be given.


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