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Dr. Ronald J. Glasser

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Dr. Ronald J. Glasser, USA, is “a physician as well as a bestselling author and lecturer, drafted into the army in August 1968 at the height of the Vietnam War has written extensively about military medicine in Vietnam, Mogadishu, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Medical School and is a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota.”  Dr. Ronald J. Glasser is the author of Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds: A Medical Odyssey from Vietnam to Afghanistan; Another War, Another Peace; Ward 402; The Body is the Hero; The Greatest Battle; 365 Days; Wounded: Vietnam/Iraq; and, The Light in the Skull.

According to the book description of Broken Bodies, Shattered Minds: A Medical Odyssey from Vietnam to Afghanistan, “Told in the narrative, and from personal experience, author traces changing nature of warfare from jungles of Vietnam to streets and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan and the physical and psychological damage of wounds to troops in U.S. Army and Marine Corps. And what it has come to realize. The efficiency of evacuation units has led to quick treatment of IED-caused wounds resulting in life-saving amputation ,most since American Civil War. Amputation on women soldiers and their difficulty using prosthetics designed for male soldiers is examined and, large scale concussive cerebral damage, a new phenomenon in military medical treatment requiring lifetime care of the wounded, is examined and the escalating, hidden costs of lifetime care put into perspective. New, previously unpublished studies on the concussive effects on the brain are presented. Something also relative to NFL interest. Using narrative vignettes, the rising medical and sociological costs of the Afghan War are clearly defined and the escalating hidden costs of long term medical care are put into projection.”

According to the book description of 365 Days, “Over 200,000 copies sold in all editions. A new edition of Ron Glasser's classic account of the Vietnam War. 365 Days stands not only as a compelling account of this tragic conflict, but as a powerful antiwar statement. Nothing speaks so convincingly against the evils of war as the evils themselves.  In this gripping account of the human cost of the Vietnam War, Ron Glasser offers an unparalleled description of the horror endured daily by those on the front lines. "The stories I have tried to tell here are true," says Glasser in his foreword. "Those that happened in Japan I was part of; the rest are from the boys I met. I would have liked to disbelieve some of them, and at first I did, but I was there long enough to hear the same stories again and again, and then to see part of it myself."

Assigned to Zama, an Army hospital in Japan in September 1968, Glasser arrived as a pediatrician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps to care for the children of officers and high-ranking government officials. The hospital's main mission, however, was to support the war and care for the wounded. At Zama, an average of six to eight thousand patients were attended to per month, and the death and suffering were staggering. The soldiers counted their days by the length of their tour—one year, or 365 days—and they knew, down to the day, how much time they had left. Glasser tells their stories—of lives shockingly interrupted by the tragedies of war—with moving, humane eloquence.”

According to the book description of Wounded: Vietnam/Iraq, “In this gripping account of the human cost of the war in Iraq, Dr. Ronald Glasser offers an unparalleled description of the horror endured daily by the troops on the ground. Written by the author of bestselling 365 Days, this critical analysis focuses on those wounded in combat. Throughout, Glasser compares the U.S. military engagement in Vietnam to the current involvement in Iraq, drawing significant and frightening parallels. With more than 10,000 American soldiers and 100,000 Iraqis already injured, Wounded is tragically relevant. This timely account—a powerful reminder of the physical, financial, and psychological costs of war—will only grow more important as our wounded continue to come home.”







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