Welcome Home from Vietnam, Finally : A Vietnam Trauma Surgeon's Memoir
by MD Gus Kappler


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For Gus the question was: Is the Hippocratic Oath rewritten in a combat zone when abiding by the moral code of war, not peace?

The fact is the warriors and treating physicians usually existed in a moral limbo, vacillating between both the moral codes of peace and war.  Read more...


 
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Overview

For Gus the question was: Is the Hippocratic Oath rewritten in a combat zone when abiding by the moral code of war, not peace?

The fact is the warriors and treating physicians usually existed in a moral limbo, vacillating between both the moral codes of peace and war. In Vietnam, when I triaged a mass causality in the ED, I condemned the very most seriously wounded, who may have been salvageable, to death in order to treat others with a better prognosis.

Is it intellectually honest for the public to apply and therefor judge a warrior's actions by the moral code of peace, while safe at home, as that warrior is fighting to stay alive and living by the moral code of war: the concept of justified killing versus murder?

My wish is to relate a truthful accounting of war and equip the reader in their better understanding of war's devastating effects on body, mind, and soul and how easily we in recent decades have ignored these historical lessons.

Ninety-six photographs reinforce the written word. Some images are quite graphic. Currently Welcome Home From Vietnam, Finally is available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.



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  • ISBN-13: 9781514418031
  • ISBN-10: 1514418037
  • Publisher: Xlibris
  • Publish Date: October 2015
  • Page Count: 214
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.63 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.04 pounds


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