THE REAL TRAGEDY OF THE IRAQ WAR: VETERANS WITH MASSIVE INJURIES

09/14/06

Medical treatment of combat wounds has improved dramatically in the half century since the Korean War. Today, if you are wounded in Iraq and are able to get treatment quickly, there is a high likelihood of survival, no matter how traumatic the injury. The number of combat dead in Iraq is far smaller than in comparable wars in the past. But the number of severe wounds such as loss of limbs or brain damage (polly traumas they are called) is eight to ten times higher than it was in Vietnam. But along with surviving svere injuries comes the need for a lifetime of treatment- putting heavy pressure on the soldier, their family and government resources. Our guest today, Dr. Ron Glasser was an Army hospital surgeon in Vietnam. He's written a new book called WOUNDED: VIETNAM TO IRAQ in which he discusses the massive number of wounded coming out of Iraq and the implications for our country.

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