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Sept 30, 1968

Bleeding Earth: A Doctor Looks at Vietnam

JAMA. 1968;206(1):137-138. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150010085041

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This is a fascinating book for anyone who is interested in the Vietnam war. Dr. Brass is an Australian physician who visited South Vietnam in 1966 as a special correspondent for the Medical Journal of Australia, and this book is a compilation of his experiences. It is most interesting to read how this basically American war strikes an Australian, since Australia is reputed to be our staunchest ally in Southeast Asia, and is a friendly ex-colonial sibling.

Dr. Brass has accomplished several difficult tasks by producing a description of the joint "free-world" effort in the war in Vietnam, as well as detailing the many medical activities in Vietnam and also giving a lively and accurate picture of the Vietnamese country and people. His description of the war itself encompasses two large American campaigns: the war's effects on the people—physically and morally; and the "other war"—that of aid and assistance. He