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Crossings : a doctor-soldier's story / Jon Kerstetter.

Kerstetter, Jon, (author.).



"In Iraq, as a combat physician and officer, Jon Kerstetter balanced two impossibly conflicting imperatives - to heal and to kill. When he suffered an injury and then a stroke during his third tour, he wound up back home in Iowa, no longer able to be either a doctor or a soldier. In this gorgeous memoir that moves from his impoverished upbringing on an Oneida reservation, to his harrowing stints as a volunteer medic in Kosovo and Bosnia, through the madness of Iraq and his intense mandate to assemble a team to identify the remains of Uday and Qusay Hussein, and the struggle afterward to come to terms with a life irrevocably changed, Kerstetter beautifully illuminates war and survival, the fragility of the human body, and the strength of will that lies within."-- Publisher description.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781101904374
  • ISBN: 1101904372
  • Physical Description: viii, 342 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown Publishing, [2017]

Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1. Prologue -- Near the edge of a boundary -- The boundary layer -- Beyond the boundary layer -- 61-November -- War zones -- Call Up -- SimMan -- Camp New York -- Date Palms -- Triage -- Ballistic maneuvers -- The crossing -- Winter error! -- The sound of a zipper -- Globemaster -- Part 2. Awake -- Discovery -- Stroke school -- Reading -- Winter dream -- St. Luke's -- Elephant Man -- Therapy -- VA Style -- The List -- Level 5.3 -- Wride (Write) -- Beyond the crossings -- Epilogue.
Subject: Kerstetter, Jon.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 > Personal narratives, American.
United States. Army > Flight surgeons > Biography.
Physicians > United States > Biography.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 > Medical care.
Cerebrovascular disease > Patients > United States > Biography.
Brain damage > Patients > United States > Biography.
Post-traumatic stress disorder > Patients > United States > Biography.
Disabled veterans > United States > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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