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Surgery 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 stateh Surgery 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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Surgery 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 stateh Surgery 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.

30 review for Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon's Education

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    As good as the Dressing Station. Similar format and fills in some of the gaps from the previous book. This one better explains and examines his motivations per the time he spends in Isreal as a teen. Powerful chapter on time spent in Iraq after 9/11. Philosophical. I love his writing and his detached compassion combined with his worldly demeanor. I wish more people knew about and were reading these books. Loads of insights, painful and profound but even funny sometimes. What a life!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dominique

    Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon's Education really explores character development in a satisfing way. Contact Wounds: A War Surgeon's Education really explores character development in a satisfing way.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Reveiws by Gabriel

    Big screen majic.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Heino Colyn

    I wasn't familiar with Jonathan Kaplan before picking up this book, and although I struggled through the first couple of pages I came to really enjoy his writing. Large sections read like travel writing with a relatively detailed history of the situations in which he finds himself. The general tone and Kaplan's insights made the backdrop of war less depressing and I am looking forward to reading The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Chronicle of War and Medicine in the future. I wasn't familiar with Jonathan Kaplan before picking up this book, and although I struggled through the first couple of pages I came to really enjoy his writing. Large sections read like travel writing with a relatively detailed history of the situations in which he finds himself. The general tone and Kaplan's insights made the backdrop of war less depressing and I am looking forward to reading The Dressing Station: A Surgeon's Chronicle of War and Medicine in the future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    not as good as the dressing station, but still filled with wonderful little moments. the only account by a surgeon of the first days of the iraq war that i have ever read- riveting. i also really enjoyed his memories of apartheid south africa.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leo Africanus

    Powerful reflections of a South African war surgeon. Wonderfully interlaces politics, travel writing and life in general with his gritty medical experiences.

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    Steve

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    Fré Van Oers

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    Joanna Gernsback

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    Matt

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    Rod Beer

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    Amanda Patterson

    Reall depressing but a worthwhile read.

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    Clare

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    Windy Clement

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    Yvonne

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