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A Piece of My Mind
July 6, 2005

Death and Life in Iraq

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A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2005;294(1):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.17

I knew that if he wasn’t already dead, he soon would be.

We have been in Iraq’s Sunni Triangle, midway between Fallujah and Ramadi, for more than four weeks. Have treated about 60 combat casualties, both American and Iraqi, and most of us knew that sooner or later this day would come. Around 1600 hours, word comes that there is a US Army soldier, shot in the back, being flown in from Ramadi. He is receiving CPR on the flight. We head to the tents that make up our ED and our ORs and wait.

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