Patricia L. Walsh grew up the eighth of fifteen children in a poor Minnesota farm family and worked her way through nursing school and anesthesia training. In 1967, she volunteered to go to Vietnam to care for civilians caught in the crossfire. She injured her back in the Tet Offensive and returned home in denial of the severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) she had developed. RIVER CITY chronicles the dedication, self sacrifice, trials and triumphs of practicing combat medicine.
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River City A Nurse's Year In Vietnam based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RIVER CITY tells the story of a group of volunteer civilian medical people who lived and worked among the Vietnamese during the war. The medical care given to the injured who were caught in the crossfire between the soldiers and the civilians were often under difficult conditions; and where medical supplies were few or non-existent. How these remarkable people functioned and survived is both inspiring and sobering. The story is well written and easy to read. I would highly recommend this book to those interested in a group of Americans who had experienced this war from a different perspective.
"River City" is a compelling and factual account of U.S. civilian nurses who worked for the U.S. Government in Vietnamese hospitals and clinics during the Vietnam War. This story, in particular, tells the story of one such RN-Nurse Anesthetist and her RN-colleagues, who were assigned to Danang Civil Hospital--at over 750 beds, the second largest hospital in Vietnam--before, during, and after the 1968 TET Offensive. It is a gritty and realistic account, not only of the writer's amazing experiences there, but also of the almost unbelievable and primitive conditions that she and her colleagues encountered in the day to day performance of the jobs and roles as advisors to Vietnamese nurses and other hospital staff. Their work was also performed under the ever-present dangers and risks of being in a war zone which had no battle lines and could erupt around them at any minute. The story also tells of personal lives and how the nurses and other members of the U.S. Medical Team were emotionally and physically affected by the events and developments of the war. Descriptions are accurately described in almost every detail. While some of these descriptions are almost unbelievable, they are true and factual. I know, because I was also there as an American civilian nurse, assigned to the very same hospital at roughly the same time. Consequently, I read the book with a keen eye to any possible inconsistencies. There were none! I can easily recommend "River City" to any adult reader who is interested in some of the lesser known aspects of the Vietnam War. I especially recommend the book to nurses everywhere, including student nurses, nursing school faculty, and to those intrigued by Nursing History. It is a historical account of nursing during the 1960s Vietnam War and civilian nurses who served there, about which very little is known or has been written. Marion Mullin