M*A*S*H – This television series was a constant on early evening television in the 70’s up through the early 80’s. This History.com article on Richard Hornberger discusses his role as a surgeon at a MASH unit during the Korean War and the book he wrote under the alias of Richard Hooker. It seems that Hornberger didn’t like the show’s moralizing tone that became more pronounced as the series developed. The characters in the book can be just as annoying as Alan Alda’s, through actions ranging from collegiate, frat-house type pranks to full on debauchery. In many cases, what saves the characters from imprisonment are the countless lives they save, sometimes on a daily basis.
Hornberger writes that these behaviors were brought on by extreme stress and as a means to “cope with the situation and get the job done”. He writes that these stresses caused a few of them to “flip their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees. This is a story of some of the ways and degrees.”
The book is more than a chronicle of stressed out surgeon hi-jinks but also gives a flavor at what life and the mission was like at a forward Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. For those interested in military medicine there are quite a few passages describing surgical procedures.
U.S. Army Medical Care in WW2 – I was trying to find material on medical care for Volksgrenadiers during the Battle of the Bulge but due to my lack of German language skills I mostly gathered information on the American side. This link has the general path of care given to the American soldier in WW2 (from the front line all the way to those requiring long term treatment being shipped back home to the U.S.) and links to a hospital unit that was at the Bulge and medics serving in divisions nearby.
As for the German side, no fear, I found information allowing for a follow up post with at least the same level of detail, probably more.
The Art of Rocío Espín Piñar – Visit his Artstation page to enjoy many illustrations of ancient and medieval towns and cities. As his work expands his Artstation page will become a must visit for those seeking inspiration and ideas for historical novels, research and even game design.