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Baghdad ER

I just watched a great documentary by the team of Emmy Award winner producer/director Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill called Baghdad ER. This HBO documentary brings a story of medical personnel of the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the US Army’s premier medical facility in Iraq.

It is quite shocking and a great reminder how pointless and stupid any war is. For now own, every time I catch myself thinking that I am having a rough night, I am going to thing of these brave people. You think your ER is hard, think again. I was left feeling kind of helpless at the end of the movie, because the number of killed and injured, for the most part young, people just keep increasing without any sign of stopping.

Dear colleagues in Iraq, or anywhere else in the world where there is a war, you have my utmost respect. Hold on, hopefully for not much longer.

You can buy the Baghdad ER DVD from the HBO store.

Here are some screen shots from the film.

Usual morning meeting of medical staff.
Baghdad ER

The world’s most dangerous road, Route Irish in Baghdad.
Baghdad ER

They just lost a friend in the attack by an improvised explosive device (IED).
Baghdad ER

M.D. Cigar Night. Something doctors do just to feel sane. Of course, bombs are blasting in the background, choppers are flying overhead and there is some risk of getting shot by snipper.
Baghdad ER

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