FOB Doc: A Doctor On the Front Lines in Afghanistan - A War Diary

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D & M Publishers, Mar 23, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Military doctors serving in Afghanistan usually spend their entire tour in the relatively safe confines of the main base. FOB Doc is the story of one Canadian doctor who spent nearly his entire tour in combat. Captain Ray Wiss was stationed at Forward Operating Bases — FOBs — in Khandahar province, the birthplace of the Taliban and the most intense zone combat in Afghanistan. He shares the 'terror and boredom' of the front-line soldier's life in this candid personal diary. One day, he might be participating in combat operations, treating severe and bloody injuries and coping with the deaths of fellow soldiers, both Afghans and NATO allies; another day, he might be writing about the challenges of going to the latrine in sub-zero weather. FOB Doc is heartbreaking and hilarious, often on the same page.

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Excellent book, on several levels. Necessary for a better understanding of the Canadian Army engagement in Afghanistan. Read full review

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Captain Ray Wiss is an emergency medicine specialist from Sudbury, Ontario, and a member of the Canadian Forces Reserves. From November 2007 to February 2008, he served with Task Force Afghanistan. Very unusually for a physician, he spent virtually his entire tour in the combat area, at Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) in Kandahar province. While in Afghanistan he kept a diary, which he emailed back to Canada to explain, to his family and friends, what he was doing.

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