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A Doctor in Little Lhasa: One Year in Dharamsala with the Tibetans in Exile
Required reading for students searching for a connection between medical training and social justice. Timothy Holtz's intimate recounting of a year spent serving Tibetan refugees in India describes his struggles with being unable, as one young physician with only a year to spend, to fix the many wrongs he witnessed. Holtz concludes that practicing good medicine-whether in ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published February 16th 2009 by Dog Ear Publishing
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I really wanted this book to be better, because I'm going to volunteer in Dharamsala and wanted to know about it from the volunteer perspective. the author does have interesting things to say, not just about Tibetan culture but also the specific community in McLeod-Ganj and the experience of being a Western volunteer among them, but the majority of the text is descriptions of the various ailments his patients have, mostly TB. I wasn't that interested in descriptions of tumors leaking with pus, a ...more