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Afghanistan: military medicine
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan; ten years of war which have taken a toll on the health of locals and indeed the armed forces. This week's episode of health is examines military medicine
First, we will bring you to the French military hospital in Kabul. Built to treat troops, its patients are mostly Afghan civilians like 8-year old Igbar. Maimed by a mine, he lost his arm due to a lack of medical resources.
And while hospitals deal with many of the war's wounded, sometimes on the spot treatment is necessary, so surgeons march among the soldiers, ready to operate on the battlefield. Reporter Sylvain Rousseau joins them on patrol.
Finally, a decade of war causes more than physical injuries. We'll be looking at combat stress and whether or not its better for traumatized soliders to be sent home or indeed remain inside the warzone.