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Open Wounds

by Abby Zimet

With more grotesque news out of Afghanistan, a look at the gritty reality of the war on the ground by a doctor running a Marine Corps combat aid station - the horrific injuries, the impossible choices, and, most of all, the blood. Warning: disturbing.

"Young Americans are still losing legs, hands, eyes, testicles; still burning, bleeding, or exploding to death nearly every day in Afghanistan. My brother once hypothesized that the American public would not realize the scope of the war until a confusing number of young amputees started walking American streets. I think he was right. When you inevitably meet one of the million troops who have served abroad in the last 10 years, perhaps even one of my patients, he or she will walk with some measure of tragedy that does not happen on accident. Someone was out for blood."

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