A CAPTAIN'S JOURNAL is a New Book About War Trauma from a Soldier's Perspective
Most people won't face war directly. They will never fully understand the experience, nor the lasting repercussions. Anesthesiologist and former US Air Force medic Eric Charles changes that with his new book, "A Captain's Journal."
Using powerful visuals and intimate stories, "A Captain's Journal" brings to light the realities of combat medicine with unfiltered commentary. What began as a personal journal of his time in combat in Iraq is now a thought-provoking look into the psyche of medics.
"There is a dark side to combat medicine that no one wants to admit exists," Charles said, referencing the emotional pain felt when soldiers are lost. "Friends and loved ones don't often understand what happens to combat medics. I try to open that door for them."
"A Captain's Journal" is a detailed and contemplative account of war and its effects on medical personnel drawn from Charles' experiences in Iraq. The book provides vivid details and shares the heartbreaking stories of the physical and, less acknowledged, emotional traumas of war. Charles hopes his book will help people look differently at the emotional states of returning soldiers.
"We all have the ability to think critically about our life experiences," Charles said. "We need to understand the impact of wartime experiences on individuals, their families and their friends."
About the author
Former US Air Force medic Eric Charles is the medical director of the Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and a practicing anesthesiologist. A horse enthusiast and hobby farmer, he currently lives in Ironton, Minn. with his wife and two children.
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