Marc Dauphin is a 60-year-old ex-military physician. He was a civilian ER physician and a reservist for 27 years before being recalled, at age 54, to serve in uniform again. He spent nearly a year in Landstuhl, Germany, helping to stabilize our wounded soldiers before bringing them home. The next year, he was in Afghanistan. He recently retired from the military and the profession, and lives with his wife Christine in Coaticook, Quebec.
An emergency room doctor recounts harrowing stories about his time at a combat hospital in Kandahar.
Combat Doctor presents the stories of the victims of the War in Afghanistan, as told by the last Canadian Officer Commanding at the Kandahar Role 3 Multinational Hospital.
In 2009, Marc Dauphin, an experienced emergency-room physician, served a full tour at the combat hospital in Kandahar. During his time there, he dealt with injuries more horrific than he had ever seen during his civilian experience. He and the Role 3 Hospital’s international staff saw an unparalleled number of severe casualties and yet maintained a survival rate of 97 percent – a record for all times and all wars.
It is impossible to remain unmoved by Marc Dauphin’s descriptions of those he treated: the terrified children, the stoic soldiers, those mutilated almost beyond help. Each story is powerful, vividly told, and unique.
Combat Doctor is a well-told tale of another side of the long war in Afghanistan, a side little known to most Canadians, but one in which Canadians played a prominent and leading part.