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Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon's Education

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  5 reviews
"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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 10th 2005 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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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!
Heino Colyn
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.
Leo Africanus
Powerful reflections of a South African war surgeon. Wonderfully interlaces politics, travel writing and life in general with his gritty medical experiences.
Amanda Patterson
Reall depressing but a worthwhile read.
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