Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be an battalion doctor on the war front in Iraq, this is the book for you. Jadick explains how he got there and what it was like. He is a man who goes above and beyond the call of duty, I would guess, in everything he does.
The narration was superb! I felt like Jadick was narrating his own story--kudos to Lloyd James for his narration skills.
A unique perspective on the war at large by taking it inside from a medical perspective, one injury at a time. Exciting, suspenseful, tragic, confounding -- great insight into the mind of a doctor and the chaos of war.
Small stories made large by making them personal. You really root for Jadick and his initial naiveté when he decides to take this on. Medical care in battle is a unique perspective with huge stakes.
His first hand experiences are heard in his voice and that was very affecting.
"On Call in Hell" is a frank, no holds barred, down and dirty, description of the care that one Navy Doctor provided the Marines during the Battle for Fallujah. Commander (Doctor) Jadick realistically describes the organization, and interfaces between the Marines and the Navy and some of the training required for a Navy Hospital Corpsman (HM) to become a revered Marine Corps "Doc". His description of the fighting, casualties, treatment and results is realisltc and does not attempt to cover up any of his, the unit's, the Navy's or the Marine Corps' shortcomings so they can be adequately addressed and corrected. Doctor Jadick's love for medicine and the military comes through the context of the book as does his deep love for the sailors and marines that he serves so closely with, both on the front lines as well as behind the lines. In addition to the military Medicine side of the book, Doctor Jadick also describes how he managed to weave his family life into the fabric of the Navy and Marine Corp with the ultimate test of his marriage being his deployment to Iraq just after his daughter's birth. This book should be required reading for all Military Medical Officers during their transition from civilian life into the military in the Officers Training School as well as the Command and Staff Colleges of the Military because "Care of the Wounded" is an important element of the Battle Plan, and is either given lip-service or skipped because "more important" matters come up. This may be one of the more important books to come out of the Iraq War, as it should be and maybe Doctor Jadick's recommendations presented in the Epilog will be given serious consideration, for there are few elements of the military and the battles it fights than the care of the wounded warriors; and because of their sacrifice, Nothing that we can do and the positive changes that we as citizens force on the Government are too much to repay these brave men and women for their sacrifices.
Bill Franklin, Ph.D.
Outstanding story of front line medical care. Out troops are in good hands.
Learning to save lives of femoral artery wounds
Recommend Lone Survivor