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Fob Doc Hardcover – Oct 3 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & Mcintyre; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1553654722
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553654728
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #131,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"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 2010-11-03)

"FOB Doc 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 2009-10-09)

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.


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As a doctor who served in Afghanistan, I find this a very interesting read. I found that it was a story superficially, yet well told; I also find that I am ever explaining why we have gone to Afghanistan (no, there is NO oil) and why we do what we're doing; this books explains it at a very simple level, a level that all Canadians ought to understand before speaking any further on the subject, far too infrequent, I am afraid.
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Fob Doc is written by Captain Ray Wiss MD, a highly regarded Emergency Physician from Sudbury, ON. (General Hillier wrote the forward.) Dr. Wiss has taught Emergency ultrasound to thousands of Canadian ER docs. This book is the end result of the diary he kept detailing his time as a military doctor in active combat zones in Afghanistan. He tells stories of his comrades, of patients that he has cared for and gives an eyewitness account of the lives of our soldiers and the average Afghani citizen. Whether you agree with the mission or not, this book is still a very worthy read. As Ray says "what makes us different from the Taliban is that we are free to discuss our opinions and disagree without having to fear for our safety if we don't agree". Read this book, discuss Canada's role in Afghanistan and try to imagine how wretched are the lives of the Afghani's. Whether we can help them, I'm not sure, but at least I understand what our military is trying to accomplish.
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Captain Mills, with his diary style book, gets the reader into the mind of the soldiers operating on Forward Observation Bases, within reason.

His excellent description of the day to day life and challenges of an infantry company and the medics that support it provides an insight into the day to day life of these young soldiers.

Capt Mills spends a lot of time describing what Afghans want and what the Taliban do to stop it. His diary speaks directly to the reader. I found it difficult to put the book down.
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By M. Jones on Sept. 1 2009
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Literally could not put this book down. A must read for every Canadian. Informative yet entertaining, heart-rending yet hilarious. Whether for or against Canadian participation in Afghanistan, this book will not disappoint.
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I thought this book was very interesting and provided a different outlook on the mission in Afganistan from someone who has been there. It is true that the media usually only report deaths when they occur and little is mentioned of the successes during the mission - thus the importance of the FOB Doc book.
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This book is amazing; it not only inspires and make us proud of what our brave soldiers face out there but it educates. I am grateful that this book was written for us. Thank you.
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I got this book from my neighbour who has served 2 tours in Afghanistan . he said to me if you really want to know what's going on over there read FOB DOC. A wonder emotional read. I enjoyed it so much I gave it to some good friends as a Christmas present.
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