War and Medicine : Artists Diary

Date: 1st August 2008
Copyright Status: © David Cotterrell


This article is an extract from the Black Dog Publishing book, War and Medicine. Reprinted with kind permission of the publisher. The article offers an abridged account of a residency at the British forces field hospital in Afghanistan.

In November 2007, artist David Cotterrell travelled to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as a guest of the Joint Forces Medical Group. For three weeks, he observed the work of military medical staff at the main field hospital at Camp Bastion. His documentation forms part of the research for a new body of work commissioned by the Wellcome Trust for the exhibition War and Medicine.

The passages and images reprinted here are extracted from his personal diary and photographic records.

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