A bold memoir of medical experience and improvisational command in WWII. Major Marran's narrative of the war details the way he and the healers around him used their creative resourcefulness to repair broken lives, bodies, and careers, in worst circumstances, by improvising surgical setups, new to the field. As a member of the Third Army, led by General George S. Patton, Major Marran applied his medical skills at the Battle of the Bulge, Normandy, Buchenwald, starvation camps for downed British pilots and in meeting the Russians west of Prague.
Maybe it's my own ignorance, but when I hear "medic," I think of combat medics - the guys applying immediate first aid and medical treatment on the front lines. My nephew is an Army Ranger medic with multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, so I was looking for a book that might provide some insight into his experiences. This book was the only one I found that sounded remotely related.
Please understand that I am in no way denigrating the author's service -- I greatly admire and appreciate that. I was just expecting a different story based on the title.
Perhaps I would have enjoyed the book more if someone else narrated it. I disliked the sing-songy, Mr. Rogers-like voice from the get-go.
Again, a huge thank you to the author for his outstanding service to our country in its time of greatest need, but the book isn't what I thought I was getting.