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“Refreshingly unsentimental . . . His descriptions of surgery are unflinching. . . . Kaplan gives us a remarkable self-portrait of the war junkie. . . . Though he lets us see close up the devastation of modern warfare, he is also painfully honest about the allure the war holds for him.” The New Yorker
The Dressing Station
A Surgeon's Chronicle of War and Medicine
978-0-8021-3962-7 • $14.00 • Paperback • Feb. 2003
From treating the casualties of apartheid in Cape Town to operating on Kurdish guerrillas in Northern Iraq at the end of the Gulf War, Jonathan Kaplan has saved (and lost) lives in the remotest corners of the world in the most extreme conditions. He has been a hospital surgeon, a ship’s physician, an air-ambulance doctor, and a trauma surgeon. He has worked in locations as diverse as England, Burma, Eritrea, the Amazon, Mozambique, and the United States. In his harrowing memoir of unforgettable adventure and tragedy, Dr. Kaplan explores the great challenge of his careerto maintain his humanity even when that option does not seem possible. The Dressing Station is a haunting and elucidating look into the nature of human violence, the shattering contradictions of war, and the complicated role of medicine in this modern world.