August 6, 2013: "In the sands of Sinai" - a book and a story of an Israeli battalion physician
Itzhak Brook was a battalion physician in the Yom-Kippur War and he wrote his book about his experience in that war. He currently a professor of pediatrics in Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Itzhak Brook was a battalion physician of the supply battalion of the 162 Armor division of General Adan "Bren" in The Yom-Kippur War. The book he wrote was published in 2011 and is called "In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War." This book recounts his personal experiences as a battalion physician. Expecting to heal his soldiers’ physical combat wounds, he had to address his soldiers’ psychological battlefield trauma. It describes how he coped with his soldiers’ medical and psychological issues, the daily struggle of survival in the battle zone, and everyone’s growing anxiety.
He created a website for the book and his experiences. His book can be read (free) on this website through a link. It also has information on him, pictures of his medical unit and about him during the war.
Here is the link to read the book "In the sands of Sinai".:
Here is the link to the website of Itzhak Brook: http://yomkippurwarphysiciansaccount.blogspot.co.il/
Dr. Brook besides a military ambulance during the war
His unit fought in Sinai and crossed the Suez Canal into Egypt, and he was wounded during the crossing. After the war he went to the USA to do fellowship training. He also ended serving in the US Navy as a physician for 27 years and did much collaborative work with the IDF (the Israeli Defense Forces) medical corps.
Dr. Brook and his group in The Yom-Kippur War
Itzhak Brook was born in 1941 in Afula (Israel) and raised in Haifa, and graduated from the Hareali Haivri High School, earning his medical degree from Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Medicine, in Jerusalem. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, Israel.
He served in the Israeli army as a medic in the Six Day War in 1967 and took care of wounded soldiers in the fighting in Jerusalem and as a battalion physician during the Yom Kippur war in 1973.
Dr. Brook during the Yom-Kippur War
Dr. Brook with General Gadi Shamni the Israeli military attaché to the US
A wounded soldier in The Yom-Kippur War