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“Understanding the Vietnam War Through the  Experiences of a Surgeon”


Dr. Sheldon Kushner spoke on Sunday afternoon on “Understanding the Vietnam War Through the Experiences of a Surgeon.”

Dr. Kushner's story is portrayed in the biography, "Trauma and Tenacity in Vietnam: A Surgeon's Story". It captures the defining period in the medical life of Captain Sheldon Kushner, M.D., while he was stationed in Vinh Long, Vietnam, from 1968-69.

The capital of Vinh Long province, plonked about midway between My Tho and Can Tho, Vinh Long is a major transit hub. It's a gateway to island life, Cai Be floating market, abundant orchards and rural homestays. Here is a recent photo of the waterways.

Dr. Kushner showed some evocative slides.

The presentation was fascinating.

Some of the slides were gruesome but many showed what it was like to work at a hospital in South Vietnam in the 1960s.

Dr. Jonathan Fratkin, the co-chair of the Adult Education Committee, did the introduction.

Ralph H. in the middle in the blue shirt, was the speaker's roommate at Alabama.

Lunch was delicious. The bread looked like Challah but Subway calls it Italian bread.


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