Saturday, June 14, 2014

Book review: No Place to Hide: A Brain Surgeon's Long Journey Home from the Iraq War by W. Lee Warren

This is a gripping story about the experiences of a neurosurgeon on duty in Iraq. Combat surgeon
Dr. W. Lee Warren changes dramatically when he is shipped off to serve the Air Force in Iraq in 2004. From San Antonio, Texas he is put on a  C-130 and sent from a hospital with air conditioning and modern technology to tent stations that serve as ERs.

While some events describe the everyday horror of battlefield surgery, amputations, dead children and using the last blood reserves to save a person that just killed many innocent people, the book is also focused on the person struggle and growth of the author. This books describes the struggle of Dr. Warren to find himself, persevere and come out of Iraq a better and stronger person than he went in. The author understands to bring the reality of tent hospitals in the middle of a war to the reader. Constantly under threat from attacks, having surgeries interrupted by mortar and still managing to save lives on a daily basis, underscore just what challenges modern day "medics" have to overcome and how far battlefield surgery has come along.

A close encounter with real life battle brings the author to a breaking point, from which he emerges stronger and prepared to take on a future that even before his mission in Iraq seemed bleak. This book shows that in the midst of horror, when despair is the greatest, some people manage to find themselves and realize their strength. This book is a great example of never loosing faith in your person, character and survival skills - it is mostly up to you what you make of your life and whether you make it at all.

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of the book by  in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this blogpost are solely my own and have not been influenced by booksneeze or any other third party.

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