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The classic and heartrending account of the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of an army doctorIn 1968, as a serviceman in the Vietnam War, Dr. Ronald Glasser was sent to Japan to work at the US Army hospital at Camp Zama. It was the only general army hospital in Japan, and though Glasser was initially charged with tending to the children of officers and government officials, he was soon caught up in the waves of casualties that poured in from every Vietnam front. Thousands of soldiers arrived each month, demanding the help of every physician within reach. In 365 Days, Glasser reveals a candid and shocking account of that harrowing experience. He gives voice to seventeen of his patients, wounded men counting down the days until they return home. Their stories bring to life a world of incredible bravery and suffering, one where "the young are suddenly left alone to take care of the young." An instant classic of war literature, 365 Days is a remarkable, ground-level account of Vietnam's human toll.
The powerful story of an unlikely friendship and a doctor's re-education on the battlefields of the Vietnam WarFresh out of medical school and planning to enter academia, David pragmatically applies to serve in the US Army, thinking he would rather work in a stateside military hospital than get drafted. But when he gets reassigned to Southeast Asia, he suddenly finds himself on a base in Vietnam. He joins a civilian aid mission on a supposedly secure plateau, and spends his days dispensing pills to villagers. As David comes to terms with the unexpected factors that brought him to Vietnam, he must adjust to many more twists and turns--among them his relationship with his driver, Tom, a young, rough-hewn Southerner whose reticence feels unnervingly like indifference. Gradually, however, David sees that there's far more to Tom than he initially thought. As their friendship grows, David also realizes that his fellow doctors and the troops on base hold widely diverging opinions about the war and its objectives. As it becomes clear that their base is located on a key strategic route--the notorious Ho Chi Minh Trail--and thus a vulnerable target, it's only a matter of time before battles break out . . .
Against all odds, an 11-year-old girl clings to the slender thread of life in a hospital. For the dedicated young physician, there were also human concerns.
From the author of 365 Days comes a poignant, personally inspired tale of a rookie doctor fighting for the life of a desperately ill young girl--a story that grows ever more relevant in this world of increasingly sophisticated and technical medical careIn this riveting and passionately rendered novel, an intern faces the harsh realities of his profession, and the overwhelming highs and lows for which medical school was unable to prepare him. The call comes at three in the morning, ordering the intern to handle a new admission at the pediatric ward of the university hospital. He finds eleven-year-old Mary Berquam, diagnosed with advanced leukemia. The doctors think they might be able to give her drug therapies and put her in remission, but her parents know Mary's disease is fatal and they want to keep her comfortable rather than put her through painful treatments. The young intern must confront what it means to follow the conventions of his job versus the calling of his conscience.
Glasser sheds light on the profound wounds, physical and emotional, that our troops face in Iraq. In this gripping account of the human cost of the war in Iraq, Dr. Ronald Glasser offers an unparalleled description of the horror endured daily by the troops on the ground. Written by the author of bestselling 365 Days, this critical analysis focuses on those wounded in combat. Throughout, Glasser compares the U.S. military engagement in Vietnam to the current involvement in Iraq, drawing significant and frightening parallels. With more than 10,000 American soldiers and 100,000 Iraqis already injured, Wounded is tragically relevant. This timely account is a powerful reminder of the physical, financial, and psychological costs of war that will only grow more important as our wounded continue to come home.
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