The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Odyssey

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Picador, 2002 - Medicine, Military - 407 pages

Jonathan Kaplan has been a hospital surgeon, a flying doctor, a ship's medical officer and a battlefield surgeon. He has worked in places as diverse as Burma, Kurdistan, America, Mozambique, England and Eritrea. The Dressing Station presents a vivid, moving account of the varied faces of medicine he has encountered. In a mixture of reportage, confession and exposition Kaplan talks about the practice of medicine and of its shortcomings, because medicine is not always benign or balanced. At its extremes it is a process of treating the casualties, for life is a war, and being a doctor is serving in that war.

‘His account is born of two talents: to save lives and to bear witness. The result is a unique mixture of biography and reportage, both personal and clinical’ Time Magazine

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Part travel writing, part confession, part reporting and part dissection of different aspects of the medical profession, Dr Kaplan's book is a whirlwind tour from one intense crisis spot to another ... Read full review

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