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Navy Corpsman in Iraq - Todays NY Times.

Good article and well worth reading. This bit is kinda crazy though. Don't know why it bothers me, I'm a total carnivore and not particularly concerned with animal rights or anything, but it just seems a bit extreme:

Petty Officer Kirby began to list the schools he had attended to be ready for this moment. Some he had paid for himself, he said, to be extra-prepared.
In one course, an advanced trauma treatment program he had taken before deploying, he said, the instructors gave each corpsman an anesthetized pig.
“The idea is to work with live tissue,” he said. “You get a pig and you keep it alive. And every time I did something to help him, they would wound him again. So you see what shock does, and what happens when more wounds are received by a wounded creature.”
“My pig?” he said. “They shot him twice in the face with a 9-millimeter pistol, and then six times with an AK-47 and then twice with a 12-gauge shotgun. And then he was set on fire.”

As an EMT, I've seen plenty of violent injury and death, but this sort of training seems over the top. I guess its an unfortunate necessity.


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