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Life and Death in the War Zone

An American combat hospital mobilized in Iraq faces a daily drama of wartime treatment.

Premiered: Runtime: 53:50Topic: Military + EspionageMilitary & EspionageNova

While other reporters were embedded in fighting units during the Iraq War, NOVA was covering the emergency medical response, living night and day with the doctors, nurses, and medics in a frontline Combat Support Hospital (CSH). The program captures a period of the conflict in April and May of 2003 when CSH units faced a deluge of injured Iraqi soldiers and civilians who had little support from their country's collapsed health-care system.

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