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Books, Journals, New Media
June 2, 2004

War Hospital

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(21):2648. doi:10.1001/jama.291.21.2648

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.

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