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Contact Wounds

A War Surgeon's Education

by Jonathan Kaplan

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Contact Wounds by Jonathan Kaplan
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2005
    288 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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From the author of the critically acclaimed New York Times Notable Book The Dressing Station, comes an electrifying memoir of a doctor's education in the classroom and on the battlefield....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 war. In Contact Wounds, Kaplan portrays serving as a volunteer surgeon in Baghdad -- where he treated civilian casualties amid gunfights for control of hospitals and dealt with gangs of AK-47-wielding looters stripping pharmacies and militant Shi’a groups harassing doctors out of operating rooms. Contact Wounds is a stirring testament of adventure, discovery, survival, and the making of a career devoted to saving people caught in the crossfire of war.

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'Kaplan is a clinical narrator: he doesn't analyze the disturbing events he relates or try to give meaning to suffering; he simply tells stories with the rawness and incomprehensibility of life itself.' - PW.

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