‘War Surgery’ Censorship Attempt

The U.S. Army has just published a textbook despite “strenuous efforts within the Army over the last year to censor the book and keep it out of civilian hands,” according to a story in today’s New York Times “Health” section.

War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007, is “the first guidebook of new techniques for American battlefield surgeons to be published while the wars it analyzes are still being fought.” says the Times. It is illustrated with photos of actual injuries, the kind of photos that reporters say they have not been allowed to take.

The book is listed on Amazon, but as “temporarily out of stock.” It has an ISBN, which the Times notes, allows it to be sold commercially, something the would-be censors tried to prevent. According to the Times, it can also be ordered from the GPO and the publisher, Walter Reed’s Borden Institute plans to print thousands more.

OCLC’s World Cat shows it as only available in four libraries; The Library of Congress, two Army libraries, and the University of South Carolina medical school in Columbia, S.C., where it is available on the New Book Shelf.

War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq: A Series of Cases, 2003-2007

by Bob Woodruff (Foreword), Shawn Christian Nessen, Dave Edmond Lounsbury, Stephen P. Hetz, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

  • Hardcover: $71.00
  • Publisher: Dept. of the Army; First edition (July 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0981822800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981822808
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