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A War Surgeon's Education
Author(s): Jonathan Kaplan
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007
Product Number: EB00645501
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555846596
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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From the author of the New York Times Notable Book, The Dressing Station: "A gripping memoir" of a doctor's education on the battlefield (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Inspired by his father's time as a military surgeon in World War II, Jonathan Kaplan became a doctor and was appointed to a post at a woefully understaffed South African general hospital in a black township. Fleeing apartheid, he traveled the globe in search of sanctuary, experiencing riots, tropical fevers, political upheaval, and a jungle search for a lost friend. Kaplan eventually landed in Angola, taking charge of a combat-zone hospital, the only surgeon for 160,000 civilians, where he was exposed daily to the horrors of warfare. This "revealing" memoir unflinchingly captures the experiences of a man who's devoted his career and his life to saving people caught in the crossfire of war (Los Angeles Times). "[Kaplan] tells stories with the rawness and incomprehensibility of life itself. His words transport the reader to places most would fear to go." —Publishers Weekly

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