Title: Blood Brothers: Among the Soldiers of Ward 57
Authors: Michael Weisskopf
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company, LLC; Number of pages: 283
Reviewed by: Violet Bloom
This book is written by a Time magazine journalist who lost his hand in a grenade explosion while in Iraq. In this fast-paced and emotionally striking book, we get intimate insight into the aftermath of war injuries as told by a journalist. Following the explosion, he was sent to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment, where he met several other soldiers from the Iraq war who had combat related amputations. This book focuses on the time spent at Walter Reed and the rehabilitation involved for the patients there. We follow the stories of three soldiers, the accidents they survived, and the months of physical and mental rehabilitation both while at the hospital and in out-patient care.
I highly recommend this book. With a focus mostly on the acute rehabilitation after limb loss, this book gives a powerful insight into the psychosocial aspects of amputation and trauma. Recounts of the physical therapy and prosthetics care from the patient perspective is very useful, especially for those entering the orthotic and prosthetic profession. The author not only does an excellent job at detailing his experience as a patient himself, but also reporting on the stories of several other soldiers in a way only a journalist can.
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