An Army Surgeon in Korea
Publication Year: 1998
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
One great irony of warfare is that the more humanity increases its proficiency to inflict injury upon human beings-through technology, tactics, and psychological manipulation-the more humanity must advance its capability to deliver emergency medical care to the swelling number of casualties...
1. From the Gridiron to the Iron Triangle
Korea was a long time ago. Korea was a mountainous country far away and the war there happened a long time ago. Even now, time and distance separate us. Korea was far from my mind on a recent autumn evening as I drove from my office in the Ohio River town of Portsmouth, out the rural roads into the hills...
2. "The Spirit of ' 76"
In the late spring and early summer of 1951, the 8076th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) was a dreary formation of tents in the linebacker position behind the 2d, 7th, and 24th Infantry Divisions and the 2d and 6th Republic of Korea (ROK) Divisions. It also supported elements of the 1st Cavalry Division...
3. The MASH in Action
When I came out of the operating tent, Choi was there. It was daylight, about four in the afternoon, and he waited. Even in the heat of the summer, he wore the rumpled army fatigue jacket over his strong shoulders and an army fatigue cap over his jet-black hair. "Hi, Lieutenant," he said with a Korean accent. "You come with me:' "Where?" I said...
4. The Mechanized Angels
The wounded came to us every way they possibly could. It was always a race. Some came in army ambulances driven helter-skelter the few miles over the hills and gullies and dusty roads. Some hitched rides on the backs of jeeps or trucks that had delivered cargo to the front and had been commandeered to backhaul the injured or the prisoners or those replaced for rest and recuperation (R&R). Some of the wounded scooted off the hills on litters lugged by weary, staggering...
5. Where We Lived
Korea was a young person's war. In 1950 the cadre of the army was left over from World War II and, like the army's equipment, had aged markedly in a few years. The officers and commanders at the beginning of the war were, by army standards, quite seasoned. Gen. Douglas MacArthur hovered near seventy at the time...
6. In the OR
The nerve center of the MASH, the very reason for our existence, was the operating tent. In the flux of mobility and the rapidity of case flow, the operating room became the test tube for innovation. In addition to helicopter evacuation of the wounded from the battlefield, several advances in emergency medicine came to fruition...
7. "We're Going to Be Court-Martialed"
Doctors in nearly all the states today are required to take a certain number of hours of continuing medical education annually. That is usually done by attending seminars offered in the doctor's field at the university and research centers around the country. In recent years I have regularly attended three that have become my favorites: the International Breast Cancer Conference sponsored by the University...
8. The Friends We Left Behind
In the spring of 1952, the usa advertised the coming performance of Danny Kaye and his traveling show. Flyers came in the military mail. Armed Forces Radio dotted its daily menu of the new songs and the jazz of the swing bands of the forties with excited utterances of comedy and music from the great Danny Kaye..
9. Rotating Out
Twelve months in Korea-and my rotation date-rolled around; this time there were no letters asking me to stay, no offers of a regular army commission. This time only a sheet of paper ordering me to return to the United States for duty at the U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Monroe, Virginia. When the final day drew near...
Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 1998
OCLC Number: 533244734
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