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October 9, 1948

Barbed-Wire Surgeon. By Alfred A. Weinstein, M.D.

JAMA. 1948;138(6):464. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900060068042

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In 1940 Dr. Alfred A. Weinstein joined the United States Army. Thereafter he was nearly three and one-half years in prison, sometimes in hospitals, under the none too gentle care of the Japanese. Reports indicate that some 18,000 were under these tender ministrations but about 4,000 survived to return home. The record by Dr. Weinstein is an account of the situations in which he took an actual part. It is full of incidents and anecdotes with a medical flavor and it will serve to remind both those who fought and those who remained at home that the brutalities of the Far East were quite as vicious as those of middle Europe and had their own peculiar flavor as well. As the author says in his prologue, this is the story of GI Joe in prison, a story of hunger and disease, in which the personal problems of the author serve