Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
The disintegration of the Soviet Union and the destabilization of the
Balkans eventually led to the declaration of independence of the Republic
of Croatia in 1991. In response, the Serbian Republic declared war, and the
ensuing conflict was the most complex and brutal military campaign in the
modern era. War Hospital: A True Story of Surgery and Survival describes the experiences of health workers during the fall of the
Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995 and the subsequent massacre of civilians
under the "protection" of United Nations (UN) peacekeepers and provides an
account of the brutality and barbarism of modern war in the former Yugoslavia.
The author, Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, has worked with the International Medical
Corps in conflict and disaster zones around the world. War Hospital addresses the complex motives of humanitarian assistance
and provides a balanced view of the military, governmental, and humanitarian
decisions (or indecision) that ultimately decided the fate of Srebrenica.
VanRooyen M. War Hospital. JAMA. 2004;291(21):2648. doi:10.1001/jama.291.21.2648