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Contact wounds : a war surgeon's education

Author: Jonathan Kaplan
Publisher: London : Picador, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Surgery carries more individual responsibility than any other field of medicine. Jonathan Kaplan studied medicine in South Africa, and after working in a black township and being drafted by the South African army he chose exile rather than serving the apartheid state. He travelled the globe in search of sanctuary, experiencing riots, tropical fevers, political upheaval and a jungle search for a lost friend. He  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jonathan Kaplan; Jonathan Kaplan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Kaplan
ISBN: 9780330492584 0330492586
OCLC Number: 62265289
Notes: Originally published: New York: Grove, 2005.
Description: 278 pages ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Jonathan Kaplan.

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