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War wounds

Marshall Barr
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (7): 417.
Published online: 7 April 2008

Dr Hassan’s background is remarkable. He was a United States Marine Sergeant who qualified in veterinary medicine before becoming a doctor and serving two terms as a civilian in Vietnam, later completing a degree in law. From this unique perspective he presents disturbing insights and images of the Vietnam War. His clinical volunteer work was in the battered province of Quang Tri in mid 1968, and the experience completely altered Hassan’s life. The core of the book is a harrowing episode — the massacre of 40 infants, all shot in the head, apparently by his own Marine Corps — and his efforts to get to the truth behind this tragedy.

  • Marshall Barr

  • Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre, Reading, United Kingdom

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