Told in the narrative, and from personal experience, author traces changing nature of warfare from jungles of Vietnam to streets and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan and the physical and psychological damage of wounds to troops in U.S. Army and Marine Corps. And what it has come to realize.
The efficiency of evacuation units has led to quick treatment of IED-caused wounds resulting in life-saving amputation,most since American Civil War. Amputation on women soldiers and their difficulty using prosthetics designed for male soldiers is examined and, large scale concussive cerebral damage, a new phenomenon in military medical treatment requiring lifetime care of the wounded, is examined and the escalating, hidden costs of lifetime care put into perspective. New, previously unpublished studies on the concussive effects on the brain are presented. Something also relative to NFL interest.
Using narrative vignettes,the rising medical and sociological costs of the Afghan War are clearly defined and the escalating hidden costs of long term medical care are put into projection.
Lt. General Harold Moore wrote the Foreword. Pub Date: June 15, 2011.
“The stories I have tried to tell here are true,” says Glasser in his preface. “Those that happened in Japan I was part of; the rest are from the boys I met. I would have liked to have disbelieved some of them, and at first I did, but I was there long enough to hear the same stories again and again, and then to see part of it myself.”
Assigned to Zama, an Army hospital in Japan, Glasser arrived there in September 1968 as a pediatrician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, primarily to care for the children of officers and high-ranking government officials. But with an average of six to eight thousand wounded per month, Glasser, along with all other available physicians, was called on to treat the soldiers. The death and suffering he witnessed were staggering. The soldiers counted their days by the length of their tour—one year, or 365 days—and they knew, down to the day, how much time they had left. Glasser tells their stories—their lives shockingly interrupted by the tragedies of war—with humane eloquence.
WARD 402: Published in 1973 by George Braziller, Inc., it is the story of an intern on the children’s ward of a great hospital who is confronted by the angry parents of a dying child as extraordinary means are used to keep her alive. The experience teaches him much more about the human body and spirit than any anatomy class. The book raises many questions pertinent to issues confronting us today, including euthanasia and the need for health car reform. WARD 402 is preeminently a book for our time, a story that touches the lives of all of us today, and that only a dedicated physician is equipped to tell.
WARD 402 was optioned for a made for television movie. The book was translated into three languages.
The Body is the Hero: Hardcover published in 1976 by Random House, and paperback published in 1979 by Bantam Books by arrangement with Random House, this is the amazing story of what happens when the immune system goes haywire. Reading like a scientific thriller, the book intertwines science with history to describe the discoveries and flashes of brilliance of men such as Semmelweise and Pasteur, and the modern-day struggles of doctors and researchers to pry out why the immune system saves one person and kills another. The book also recounts astonishing tales of arrogance within the medical profession and its authorities who resisted and oftentimes stifled every new advance in medicine. Non-fiction
Another War, Another Peace: Hardcover published in 1984 by Simon & Schuster, Inc., and paperback published in 1986 by Ballentine Books, by arrangement with Simon & Schuster, Inc., this is the poignant story of one man's passage from ignorance to cynicism in the Vietnam War. Sharply focused and painfully truthful, the novel is a chapter of the Vietnam War that illuminates the entire saga. A novel of the Vietnam war.
The Greatest Battle: Published in 1976 by Random House, this Book proved once and for all the connection between environmental poisons and humankind=s most dreaded enemy: cancer. But The Greatest Battle goes beyond warning of environmental dangers, it also explains how 75-85% of all cancers can be prevented before they begin, containing timeless lessons for us and future generations.
In December 2005, the Brooke Army Medical center (BAMC) in San Antonio opened a new amputation center to accommodate the alarming influx of wounded soldiers from Iraq. Since the beginning of the war, over 17,000 U.S. soldiers have been seriously wounded, 7,000 of which will never be able to return to duty.
In Wounded Ronald J. Glasser, M.D., who served as an Army hospital physician during the Vietnam War, offers an unparalleled description of the horror endured daily by our troops on the ground. In this critical analysis, the focus in on our wounded soldiers, from the initial cause of injury on to the long road of recovery. Throughout, Glasser draws significant and frightening comparisons between our medical experiences in Vietnam and Iraq.
With over 17,000 American troops and 100,000 Iraqi already injured, Wounded is tragically relevant. This timely account—a powerful reminder of the physical, financial, and psychological costs of war—will only grow more important as soldiers continue to return home.
The Light in the Skull: Published in 1997 by Faber & Faber, Inc., Dr. Glasser reveals how the geniuses of medicine battled prejudice, ego, and anger to make amazing discoveries that relieved suffering, healed the sick, and altered the lives of billions of people. Readers discover the first instance of germ theory, participate in the development of vaccines, understand antibiotics and genetic defects, and ultimately learn how medicine has always struggled to keep death and destruction more than a heartbeat away.