A Surgeon's War: My Year In Vietnam
A Surgeon's War: My Year in Vietnam
It’s 1965. A young surgeon is drafted into the U.S. Navy and sent to Vietnam, where he finds himself lost in the carnage of war. He performs operations while under fire. Marines are dying on the operating table in front of him. He longs for the small-town moral certainties he grew up with and, more than anything, to make it home to marry the woman he loves.
"Trueblood's memoir transports us into the pathos, the courage, and the desolation of a tragic war." -Irvin D. Yalom, bestselling author of When Nietzsche Wept "A Surgeon's War offers an indispensible view of combat medicine in the Vietnam War. It is also the beautifully written story of a young man coming of age in the crucible of conflict. We follow the young Ward Trueblood from the protected, Eisenhower-era life of a small town in the Midwest, to heady and idealistic days as a graduate student at Stanford, to the war, and finally to his adulthood as a leading figure in trauma medicine. From his reflections on his father's experience as a combat surgeon in World War II, to his own assessments of...