The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Odyssey

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Picador, 2002 - Medicine, Military - 407 pages
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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

The dressing station: a surgeon's chronicle of war and medicine

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Trained as a physician in South Africa and London, Kaplan has had an extraordinary professional life as an emergency field surgeon on the front lines of apartheid in Nambia and Zululand, as well as in ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Jonathan Kaplan is a travelling journalist, documentary film-maker and medical vagabond. His first book The Dressing Station introduced his work as an air ambulance doctor, battlefield surgeon and ship's medical officer. He continues to take periodic assignments as a volunteer surgeon in war zones amidst part-time hospital posts, film-making, acadamic teaching, working as a photographer and advisor on medical TV dramas.

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