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On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story | [Richard Jadick, Thomas Hayden]

On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story

Cdr. Richard Jadick's story is one of the most extraordinary to come out of the war in Iraq. At 38, the last place the Navy doctor was expected to be was on the front lines. He was too old to be called up, but not too old to volunteer. In November 2004, with the military reeling from an acute doctor shortage, Jadick chose to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (the "1/8") to Iraq.
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Publisher's Summary

Cdr. Richard Jadick's story is one of the most extraordinary to come out of the war in Iraq. At 38, the last place the Navy doctor was expected to be was on the front lines. He was too old to be called up, but not too old to volunteer.

In November 2004, with the military reeling from an acute doctor shortage, Jadick chose to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (the "1/8") to Iraq. During the Battle of Fallujah, Jadick and his team worked tirelessly and courageously around the clock to save their troops amidst the worst street fighting Americans had faced since Vietnam.

It is estimated that without Jadick at the front, the Marines would have lost an additional 30 men. Of the hundreds of men he treated, only one died after reaching a hospital. This is the inspiring story of his decision to enter into the fray, a fascinating glimpse into wartime triage, and a compelling account of courage under fire.

©2007 Richard Jadick and Thomas Hayden; (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

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"This remarkable man's story is well worth telling...a memorable experience." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Randy SYLMAR, CA, United States 04-26-13
    Randy SYLMAR, CA, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding with a few exceptions"
    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A way of delivering the lines that made me feel as if I was there.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried and laughed. There are some parts that really tug at you while also giving you a smile.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall the book is great. i personally am interested in the field of Military medicine and wish that the story would go more in depth with the specific experiences he talks about. I highly recommend this piece.

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    Joy M. Steele Dayton, TN USA 07-25-12
    Joy M. Steele Dayton, TN USA 07-25-12
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    "Health Care in Iraq"
    What did you love best about On Call in Hell?

    It made me think that I was right there in the battle with the guys in Iraq. I could envision the terror and also the calm that these men faced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Call in Hell?

    When they were going after their comrades and how they managed to get them out of the area with out getting killed or hurt themselves.


    What about Lloyd James’s performance did you like?

    His narration helped me to feel like I was right there in the battle with this Doctor and right beside him as he cared for the men that he had grown to love.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the surgeon went out into the battle with the men to help save his fellow soldiers.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for any health care professional to read. It tells of the dangers, heartaches when you lose a fellow healthcare professional, and the comraderie that you can have when everyone is "shooting" for the same goal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-11-12
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 05-11-12 Member Since 2008

    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

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    "Informative and interesting"

    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.

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    Kathryn Bakken 04-28-12 Member Since 2007

    Audiobook addict.

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    "Up Close and Personal"
    What made the experience of listening to On Call in Hell the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Lloyd James bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His first hand experiences are heard in his voice and that was very affecting.


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    MasterChiefChuck El Cajon, CA, United States 04-03-12
    MasterChiefChuck El Cajon, CA, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Navy Doctor and Marine Medical Care in Battle"

    "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.

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    William H. Franklin Jr. Atlanta, GA 12-05-11
    William H. Franklin Jr. Atlanta, GA 12-05-11 Member Since 2008

    Bill Franklin, Ph.D.

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    What made the experience of listening to On Call in Hell the most enjoyable?

    Outstanding story of front line medical care. Out troops are in good hands.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On Call in Hell?

    Learning to save lives of femoral artery wounds


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend Lone Survivor

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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