THE IMPARTIAL KNIFE by Peter Paris

THE IMPARTIAL KNIFE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The impartial knife is that of a young and new English doctor who serves a year in a hospital in Cyprus where he soon sees that politics makes strange bedfellows of many of his patients. For the year is 1958, when the incidents between the Greeks, the Turks and the British culminated in the Civil War and in the rule by fear, rather than by law, even the personnel at the hospital were involved in its side effects. Dr. Paris' account of his work, chiefly in the wards, is one of a practical tutelage in medicine, surgery, uncommon clinical problems (this is the area where Cooley's anemia is rampant among the young, and hydatid cysts- a form of parasitic cysts), and life in general complicated always by the political ferment. Paris left this misnamed Island of Love after his life was seriously threatened. . . . It is an interesting record, fresh in its impressions, warm in its sympathies, and liberal in its understanding of the many factors and failures- British as well- which led to this time of trouble.

Pub Date: Feb. 23rd, 1962
Publisher: McKay