Friday, December 10, 2004


Friday Blog Blogging

This week, I take a peek at what some of my neighbors are doing over at the Princeton Progressive Review, a blog run by some liberal students at Princeton University. They raise a serious issue.
Hey soldier! You're ALIVE! Even though you're missing your...
Found this at
More U.S. Soldiers Survive War Wounds
By Marilynn Marchione / Associated Press

For every American soldier killed in Iraq, nine others have been wounded and survived — the highest rate of any war in U.S. history. It isn't that their injuries were less serious, a new report says. In fact, some young soldiers and Marines have had faces, arms and legs blown off and are now returning home badly maimed.

But they have survived thanks, in part, to armor-like vests and fast treatment from doctors on the move with surgical kits in backpacks.

"This is unprecedented. People who lose not just one but two or three extremities are people who just have not survived in the past," said Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston who researched military medicine and wrote about it in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

"This war is producing unique injuries — less lethal but more traumatic," he said.
In one traumatic case, Gawande tells of an airman who lost both legs, his right hand and part of his face. "How he and others like him will be able to live and function remains an open question," Gawande writes.

Kevlar helmets and vests are one reason for the high survival rate.
Okay, I like being alive as much as the next guy but should I get drafted within the next 4 years I doubt I'll be wearing my kevlar. I'd rather be dead than be the next former Senator Max Cleland.

# posted by Dabney "Skye" Gray
An extremely tough question: live as a horribly injured permanent cripple or die? Obviously, a choice none of us hopes we ever have to make, and not one offered the troops. This is going to be a long-term problem - some of these wounded soldiers could survive for 40, 50, even 60 years. Who in hell would want that?
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