Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon's Education
DescriptionSurgery 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 stunning book Contact Wounds, an electrifying account of a doctor's education in the classroom, in life, and on the battlefield. Inspired by his father, a military surgeon in World War II and Israel's nascent fight for statehood, Kaplan became a doctor and was appointed to a post at a woefully understaffed South African general hospital in a black township. Fleeing apartheid, he traveled the globe in search of sanctuary, experiencing riots, tropical fevers, political upheaval, and a jungle search for a lost friend. Kaplan eventually landed in Angola, taking charge of a combat-zone hospital, the only surgeon for 160,000 civilians, where he was exposed daily to the horrors of war. Journeying further into dangerous territory, Kaplan portrays serving as a volunteer surgeon in Baghdad--where he treated civilian casualties amid gunfights for control of hospitals and dealt with gangs of AK-47-wielding looters stripping pharmacies. Contact Wounds is a stirring testament of adventure, discovery, survival, and the making of a career devoted to saving people caught in the crossfire of war.
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About the Author
Jonathan Kaplan has been a software developer at Sun Microsystems since 1997. Before joining Sun, he worked on a web-based electronic records system at the Children's Hospital in Boston. At Sun, he has focused on system management, including early Java and browser based applications. Jonathan received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently lives with his wife Tracy in Cambridge, Massachusetts.