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May 9, 1953

Back down the Ridge.

Author Affiliations

By W. L. White. Cloth. $3. Pp. 182. Harcourt, Brace and Company, Inc., 383 Madison Ave., New York 17, 1953.

JAMA. 1953;152(2):196. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690020088027

This book provides a realistic account, with a decided medical background, of the present Korean War. In fact, the author started out to write only about medical techniques, most of which, he says, have been performed within sound of the guns at the front and are, today, saving the lives of thousands of boys. As he worked into the story, "another figure began struggling free of the typewriter keys." This figure is the average American boy who faces danger, pain, and death in Korea. Apparently, the author obtained his facts from exbombardiers, infantrymen, gunners, doctors, nurses, and technicians who served or were wounded at the front and were returned to the United States. He relates specific cases and gives the names and the circumstances in which the persons were wounded. The text relates their movement from the front to the various medical installations along the line of communications, their experiences

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