Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill recently won a coveted Peabody Award for their documentary Baghdad ER, which takes viewers inside the 86th Combat Support Hospital, the U.S. Army's primary medical facility in Iraq. Sometimes unflinchingly graphic in its reportage, the film tells the stories of the hospital's doctors and wounded soldiers. (5/29/2006)
The new documentary Baghdad ER goes inside the 86th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq, the Army's premier medical facility in Iraq. Shot over two months in 2005, the film tells the stories of the hospital's doctors and wounded soldiers. The film debuted on HBO last week. Filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill discuss their project with Terry Gross.
Dr. Sheri Fink's new book is War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival. It's about a group of doctors who treated patients in Srebrenica, Bosnia, under the most extreme conditions. They treated thousands of patients, often without electricity, water or proper medicine. Fink, a physician and writer based in New York, works with the humanitarian organization International Medical Corps. She just returned from Iraq and has also worked in the Balkans, southern Africa and Central Asia.