A Surgeon's War: My Year in Vietnam

A Surgeon's War: My Year in Vietnam

by Henry Ward Trueblood M.D.


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Celebrated author Jason Brown (Why the Devil Chose New England for His Work) said it best when he described this riveting memoir: “A Surgeon’s War offers an indispensible view of combat medicine in the Vietnam War. It is also the beautifully written story of a young man coming of age in the crucible of conflict. We follow the young Ward Trueblood from the protected, Eisenhower-era life of a small town in the Midwest, to heady and idealistic days as a graduate student at Stanford, to the war, and finally to his adulthood as a leading figure in trauma medicine. From his reflections on his father’s experience as a combat surgeon in World War II, to his own assessments of the evolution of trauma care and of the American conscience, Ward’s story is the story of America in the 20th Century.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986058257
Publisher: Astor and Lenox LLC
Publication date: 11/07/2015
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Henry Ward Trueblood M.D. grew up in Indianola, Iowa, where his father was the town doctor. By the age of ten he was regularly making house calls with his father.

Trueblood graduated from Stanford Medical School in 1964 and served in the U.S. Navy as a surgeon in Vietnam in 1965-66.

An award-winning faculty member at Stanford, he continues to teach third-year medical students and serve as Trauma Attending at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, a Level One Trauma Center.

Trueblood's wife Nancy is in private practice as a psychotherapist. They have two children and five grandchildren.

Table of Contents

The Story Behind the Cover Photo xi
Foreword Gerald Moss M.D. xv
Map of Da Nang, Vietnam xviii
Preface xix
Chapter I Operation Harvest Moon, I Corps,
Vietnam, December 1965 1
Chapter II Indianola, Iowa 14
Chapter III Medical School, September 1959 23
Chapter IV Draft Notice, Camp Pendleton, July-August 1965 36
Chapter V To the War Zone, Da Nang, September 1965 42
Chapter VI C Med, Da Nang, September 1965 50
Chapter VII Daily Life at C Med 65
Chapter VIII Recon Unit, October 1965 73
Chapter IX China Beach 85
Chapter X Politics Meets Reality 95
Chapter XI Naval Hospital Site Under Attack 99
Chapter XII C Med, Da Nang, November 1965 104
Chapter XIII Dad's Experience of War 111
Chapter XIV Attack on Our Perimeter 115
Chapter XV The Chaplains 122
Chapter XVI Nancy 126
Chapter XVII Crossing the Line, Da Nang, December 1965 128
Chapter XVIII Transfer to the Naval Hospital, Da Nang, January 1966 132
Chapter XIX Neurosurgery in Da Nang 136
Chapter XX Wartime Research 141
Chapter XXI Naval Hospital Expands, February-May 1966 147
Chapter XXII Saving Lance Corporal Shinneman 151
Chapter XXIII John Wayne 156
Chapter XXIV The ARVN Civil War-Our Ally Unravels 161
Chapter XXV Naval Hospital, July 1966 165
Chapter XXVI Homeward Bound 167
Chapter XXVII So Sorry, Vietnam 170
Chapter XXVIII Home 177
Postscript: Life After 1967 179
Glossary of Terms 183
About the Author 187

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