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 an 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.
Zsolt T. Stockinger, M.D., is a Navy trauma surgeon, deployed as chief of trauma at the NATO Hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He has been deployed several times to Iraq and Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star with the Marine Corps in Anbar Province, Iraq, during the time of this book's writing.