"I encourage you to read this book, to think about what it is to be Canadian in the context of this story and to encourage your family and friends to read it." (Rick Hillier 2009-10-01)
"One author and his remarkable book warrant particular note, namely, Captain Ray Wiss
's FOB Doc: A Doctor on the Front Lines in Afghanistan
. Good memoirs are engaging on a personal level, provide detail that would only usually be available to the participants in the events, and force the reader to examine participants' preconceptions of the situation at hand. Wiss's book is all of this and so much more. Covering the author's experiences as a military doctor, from November 2007 through the spring of 2008, it presents a story that has received little attention to this point -- that of our military medical professionals working on the front lines.Its greatest strengths rest in its rather unique perspective, and in the strength of character of its author...This is a book that should be widely read and appreciated." (Journal of the Department of National Defence
is worth reading, but a decade hence, after the withdrawal and after second sight have done their work, the ex-soldiers' novels will be more interesting still." (Kevin Patterson Globe & Mail
About the Author
Captain Ray Wiss
is an emergency medicine specialist from Sudbury, Ontario, and a member of the Canadian Forces Reserves. From November 2007 to February 2008, and again from May to September 2009, he served with Task Force Afghanistan. Very unusually for a physician, he spent both tours in the combat area, at forward operating bases (FOBs) in Kandahar province.