M Clement Hall
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VIET NAM (Memoirs)1962-1970

In a series of memoirs, experiences are recounted as a civil surgeon working in a war torn country which slowly degenerated into anarchy.

       

A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

HARD WORKING PEOPLE

BUT POVERTY BREEDS REVOLUTION

 

CUTE KIDS WHEN WELL FED

SOME OF THE ADULTS WERE CUTE TOO

 

IN CONJUNCTION WITH CARE / MEDICO, ORTHOPAEDICS OVERSEAS STARTED A PROGRAM TO EDUCATE AND EQUIP VIETNAMESE DOCTORS, WHO WERE ALREADY TRAINED AS GENERAL SURGEONS, IN THE TECNIQUE OF ORTHOPAEDIC OPERATIONS.

THIS WAS MY ENTRY TO THE COUNTRY. SUPPOSED TO BE FOR ONE MONTH, BUT THE PRESIDENT WAS ASSASSINATED, CHAOS RULED, CASUALTIES MOUNTED AND I STAYED FOR THREE MONTHS. THE NEXT YEAR I RETURNED AGAIN. FOLLOWING THAT I STAYED FOR THREE YEARS, HOLDING UNIQUELY FOR A FOREIGNER, POSITIONS AS HEAD OF THE SERVICE IN BOTH SECTIONS OF THE MEDICAL SCHOOL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SAIGON, AND ALSO IN THE UNIVERSITY OF HUE.

 

 CONGENITAL DEFORMITIES SUCH AS CLUB FOOT WERE COMMON. THESE CAN BE CORRECECTED, ALLOWING THE GIRL TO WALK NORMALLY AND MARRY

ALL FORMS OF TUBERCULOSIS WERE RAMPANT. THIS BOY'S SPINE WAS ABSCESSED AND COLLAPSED, RESULTING IN PARALYSIS. FOLLOWING MY LESSONS IN HONG KONG, THE SPINAL CORD WAS DECOMPRESSED AND FUNCTION RETURNED TO THE LEGS