Army enlists doctor's work to treat wounded soldiers

Date Published: 
Fri, 2004-06-25


By Pat Michaels

Corona Del Mar (AP) -- Local anesthesiologist Barry Friedberg is doing his part for our wounded troops in Iraq. And, until a few weeks ago, he didn't even know it. He didn't know it until the Army called him to personally brief doctors at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

It seems the Army had read about the portability of Dr. Friedberg's anesthesia techniques and were adapting them to their front line hospitals. His procedures eliminate the use of narcotics and don't require the use of oxygen tanks which are difficult to come by in Iraq.

In Texas, a shocked and puzzled Dr. Friedberg said he found himself "amazed" the Army was interested in his procedures.

Why? He'd developed them while going from office-to-office anesthetizing patients on whom local cosmetic surgeons were performing tummy tucks and breast implants.

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