War left is mark on doc

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Dr. Joe Dobner remembers desolation and nothingness and 105-degree heat punctuated by powerful gusts of wind that left sand everywhere during the first Gulf War of 1991.

He saw struggling people left without medical care, who'd travel to the American hospital set up in southern Iraq for treatment. They were sometimes civilians wounded by battle or pregnant women who'd traveled miles to deliver their babies or sick children with horrible diseases.

He saw a little bit of everything, he said. It was enough to be amazed by the American military's efficiency in war time and to learn about a different culture that many still struggle to understand over a decade later.

After witnessing the horrors of combat and degradation and disrepair, he returned to his practice on Medical Heights Drive feeling he'd had an adventure.

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