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Reaching past the wire : a nurse at Abu Ghraib

Author: Deanna Germain; Connie Lounsbury
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : Borealis Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Lt. Col. Germain offers an account of life as a nursing supervisor behind the fortified gates of Abu Ghraib. Her duty: To treat Iraqi prisoners in need of medical attention. Shortly after she arrived, the notorious prison made headlines around the world for abuses that had stopped months before. Despite unbearable heat, frequent mortar attacks, medical supply shortages, substandard facilities, the relentless stench
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Biographies
Personal narratives, American
Biography
Autobiography
Named Person: Deanna Germain; Deanna Germain
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Deanna Germain; Connie Lounsbury
ISBN: 9780873516068 0873516060
OCLC Number: 137324993
Description: x, 214 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Six days to ready --
120 degrees and rising --
The worst assignment in Iraq --
Convoy --
Mortar attack at Abu Ghraib --
Living in the shadows --
The marine and Mohammed --
Prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib --
Attitude adjustment --
Settling in --
A day in the life --
The unsung heroes --
Small pleasures and the best day in Iraq --
Challenges --
God and good old-fashioned fun --
Sami and grandpa --
A moment in time --
Anything but R & R --
Back home at Abu Ghraib --
The nameless and faceless --
Sisterhood --
Finding myself again --
Epilogue --
Acknowledgments.
Responsibility: Deanna Germain, with Connie Lounsbury.
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"Lt. Col. Germain offers an account of life as a nursing supervisor behind the fortified gates of Abu Ghraib. Her duty: To treat Iraqi prisoners in need of medical attention. Shortly after she arrived, the notorious prison made headlines around the world for abuses that had stopped months before. Despite unbearable heat, frequent mortar attacks, medical supply shortages, substandard facilities, the relentless stench of war, sleepless nights quartered in a tiny prison cell, and constant reminders that all detainees were to be considered dangerous, Germain served the medical needs of each of her patients diligently, with respect and even humor, to the best of her ability."

"In this crucible of wartime stress, workplace turmoil, and cultural uncertainty, Germain found herself forging powerful connections with colleagues and translators. She learned from translators about normal Iraqi families struggling to survive impossible conditions. And after vowing to avoid personal relationships with prisoners, she became a comfort to many. Duty and compassion, cmaraderie and hope all helped to pull her through."--Jacket.

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