A grimly remembered account of forty months as a Japanese prisoner, this concentrates on the doctors, dentists, nurses and...

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BARBED WIRE SURGEON

A grimly remembered account of forty months as a Japanese prisoner, this concentrates on the doctors, dentists, nurses and medios that tried to keep their fellow prisoners alive. From the attack at Fort McKinley, Manila, to Bataan, Little Baguio, Camp O'Donnell, Cabanatuan Prison, to the Shinagawa prison in Tokyo, the Omori punishment camp, and Mitsushima -- this is a long parade of Japanese arrogance, cruelty, ignorance and brutishness. And a longer parade of suffering, disease, despair and medical accomplishments over smothering odds. The problems of treatment, surgery, care, without proper equipment, food or cooperation, the fight to maintain morale, the means of circumventing criminal negligence, the personal problems of the author as he hopelessly tried to get news of the girl he loved, back at Fort McKinley, the means by which the enemy was outwitted by civilians as well as military,- these are part of the story, too. Another panel in the ever-mounting records of the past war, that has its own special, personal and professional appeal.

Pub Date: March 16, 1948

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1948