Photographer Balazs Gardi followed a trauma surgeon for close to 48 hours

The photographer Balazs Gardi spent almost a decade in Afghanistan, covering the conflict between U.S. forces and the Taliban. He was in the Korengal Valley when the U.S. hunted Osama Bin Laden in 2004. He was with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in Helmand Province as the war was at its most intense. He’s no stranger to high stress situations and to working long hours with little sleep.

And yet, he tells TIME, one of the toughest experiences he’s had as a photographer was one closer to home: shadowing Dr. Arghavan Salles on rotation at Santa Clara Valley’s Medical Center…

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Source: See the Grueling Life of an American Surgeon | TIME