Good Medicine in Bad Places is the memoir of a U.S. Army combat physician, Colonel Edward Horvath. He is the highest-ranking medical officer to ever divulge his combat physician experiences during the War on Terror and the only one to do so from both a clinical and command perspective. In this memoir, he is charged not only with the medical care of U.S. soldiers but also with caring for the enemy—both on the battlefield and in prisons flooded with insurgents.
This non-fiction book follows Horvath as he decides to join the military after a long civilian career as a physician. He realizes that something is missing in his life—a greater calling. So, at the age of 59, he sets out for Army service in Iraq and is stationed at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison. That will prove to be one of three deployments, spanning six years, and include positions of high medical command. Being the oldest soldier in a combat zone affords Horvath unique vantage points of maturity, wisdom and experience from which to tell his stories of war.
Good Medicine in Bad Places is a physician’s remarkable journey to serve his country—and to serve humankind, trying to save lives, whether friend or foe, in the fog of war. The book is based on a presentation given on more than 65 occasions throughout the world, to audiences as large as 3,000, with each presentation receiving a rousing response.
Colonel Edward Horvath is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps, having served three deployments in Iraq. He has been a physician for more than 45 years. During his last deployment in 2011, Col. Horvath was Task Force Deputy Commander and Chief of Clinical Services for a combat support hospital near Tikrit, Iraq and was responsible for the medical care of over 20,000 U.S. soldiers in the northern half of Iraq. Earlier at the same base, he staffed the emergency room and outpatient clinic, caring for U.S. soldiers, Iraqi civilians and enemy combatants.
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