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Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq Dave Hnida

Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq

Dave Hnida

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At an age when most men retire from the military, Hnida became its newestrecruit. After the Columbine tragedy devastated his Colorado community,he needed to make a difference. So this general practitioner, whose practicewas mostly pediatric, foundMoreAt an age when most men retire from the military, Hnida became its newestrecruit. After the Columbine tragedy devastated his Colorado community,he needed to make a difference. So this general practitioner, whose practicewas mostly pediatric, found himself in the sandy trenches of Iraq. What he learned was this: to bond quickly with his fellow doctors, andto use his wit to make it through each day with a forced banter. He jokedabout the bad food, the military lingo, and the sweltering heat. He developedlittle daily rituals to bring him luck. He didnt try to make sense ofthe war, but he did begin to comprehend — at least in part — why hisfather drank so much after his World War II combat experience.Most of all, Hnida worked his tail off treating very young men. Mostof them he saved. Some he kept alive so they could return home to saytheir final goodbyes. With every decision a critical one, he hoped andprayed he was doing everything right, and worked on those soldiers as ifthey were his own children.Just three months long, Hnidas stint was nothing compared to thetwelve- and eighteen-month tours other soldiers are pulling. His memoriesare enduring, his new outlook on life remains, and the embrace of hisfamily when he returned home never felt so sweet.Unforgettable...—Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run