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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
The 8th Field Hospital, by Andrew C. Carr, MD and Roberta R. Carr, is the memoir of a young neurologist’s time served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in 1966 when Carr was 31 years old. As the title indicates, Carr served at the 8th Field Hospital, which was located in Nha Trang. Carr begins with being drafted, undergoing basic training, and then writes about his experiences as a doctor while serving his country and fellow men. The author describes every aspect of what life was like as an officer, whose job was to save lives in a place where they were being lost daily. It’s not a book about medicine, rather it’s a book about a man’s individual experiences. The book ends with Carr returning to Vietnam in 2004, almost 40 years after serving there, and a description of the changes he found upon his return.
This is a fascinating book. I was hooked on this memoir from the first page. Readers will be inspired by Carr’s description of his work while serving in Vietnam during the war. One of the most enjoyable aspects is Carr’s recounting of his creativity in circumventing absurd rules that sometimes got in the way of what was best for the officers, enlisted men, and patients. I thoroughly recommend The 8th Field Hospital by Andrew C. Carr, MD, and Roberta R. Carr. One doesn’t need to be interested in medicine or Vietnam to enjoy this book. Anyone who wants a well-told account of a man who found himself in a situation he didn’t choose and did his best to survive, thrive, and serve his fellow human beings will profit from reading it.