Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon's Education

Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon's Education

Contact Wounds A War Surgeon s Education Surgery is the crude art of cutting people open yet it is also a symphony of delicate manipulation and subtle chords So says Jonathan Kaplan in his new book Contact Wounds an account of a doctor s

  • Title: Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon's Education
  • Author: Jonathan Kaplan
  • ISBN: 9780802118004
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Surgery is the crude art of cutting people open, yet it is also a symphony of delicate manipulation and subtle chords So says Jonathan Kaplan in his new book, Contact Wounds, an account of a doctor s education in the classroom, in life, and on the battlefield No other field of medicine carries so much individual responsibility as that of a surgeon Kaplan learned that Surgery is the crude art of cutting people open, yet it is also a symphony of delicate manipulation and subtle chords So says Jonathan Kaplan in his new book, Contact Wounds, an account of a doctor s education in the classroom, in life, and on the battlefield No other field of medicine carries so much individual responsibility as that of a surgeon Kaplan learned that lesson early from his father, who volunteered as a military surgeon in World War II and subsequently made his way to Israel to help treat casualties in that country s nascent fight for statehood Growing up in South Africa, a country in the heat of social change, Kaplan made his own journey to a kibbutz in Israel at fourteen, coming of age in a land facing stark moral choices in the wake of the Six Day War Kaplan studied medicine in South Africa and was appointed to a post at a desperately overcrowded general hospital in a black township Drafted by the South African army, he chose exile rather than serving the apartheid regime He traveled the globe in search of sanctuary, experiencing tropical fevers, political upheaval, forensic investigations, 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 war Whether escaping from conflict to act as a medical consultant to British television s equivalent of ER, or 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 testament of adventure, self discovery and survival, and the making of a career devoted to saving people caught in the crossfire of war.

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    As good as the Dressing Station. Similar format and fills in some of the gaps from the previous book. This one better explains and examines his motivations per the time he spends in Isreal as a teen. Powerful chapter on time spent in Iraq after 9/11. Philosophical. I love his writing and his detached compassion combined with his worldly demeanor. I wish more people knew about and were reading these books. Loads of insights, painful and profound but even funny sometimes. What a life!

    I wasn't familiar with Jonathan Kaplan before picking up this book, and although I struggled through the first couple of pages I came to really enjoy his writing. Large sections read like travel writing with a relatively detailed history of the situations in which he finds himself. The general tone and Kaplan's insights made the backdrop of war less depressing and I am looking forward to reading The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Chronicle of War and Medicine in the future.

    not as good as the dressing station, but still filled with wonderful little moments. the only account by a surgeon of the first days of the iraq war that i have ever read- riveting. i also really enjoyed his memories of apartheid south africa.

    Powerful reflections of a South African war surgeon. Wonderfully interlaces politics, travel writing and life in general with his gritty medical experiences.

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