Saturday, January 16, 2010
Coppola, A Pediatric Surgeon In Iraq by Dr. Chris Coppola
Dr. Chris Coppola served two surgical rotations in Iraq. He is a pediatric surgeon and found quite a scope of work for his specialty. There are many children who are burned in bombings, shot, or hurt by falling rubble. Since the medical capacities of Iraq have been pretty much destroyed by the war, Dr. Coppola also found himself as the doctor of choice for birth defects, or diseases that disfigured and harmed the children there. Often, he was able to provide life-saving or enhancing medical care that these children would never be able to get otherwise.
Much of the book talks about how anyone in the military serving overseas in a battle situation feels. There is the fear when battle hits contrasted with everyday boredom. There is the overwhelming lonliness of being without their family. There is the satisfaction of knowing that they have completed a mission, and hopefully have made the lives of those around them better. Regardless of whether they agree with the mission or not, these men and women are serving a life of service to others, and I admire them greatly for their sacrifice.
This book is recommended for those interested in current events. It is an interesting take on the war not often heard, and it adds to the reader's knowledge of the conflict while helping them clarify their feelings about this situation.