With Healing Hands

The untold story of Australian civilian surgical teams in Vietnam

Gary McKay and Elizabeth Stewart
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Over 450 Australian civilian professionals volunteered and went to Viet Nam during the war to help the civilian population. This is their story.

Early in the Vietnam War the South Vietnamese government appealed to the United States and its allies, including Australia, for desperately needed medical help. Most of the country's doctors had been conscripted into the army and the civilian population was facing a medical crisis.

From October 1964 until the end of 1972 over 450 surgeons, nurses and other medical specialists from Australian hospitals volunteered to work in South Vietnam. In the towns of Long Xuyen, Bien Hoa, Vung Tau and Ba Ria they brought expert medical care, comfort and support to a war-weary and traumatised civilian population.

The extraordinary story of the work of these Australian civilians at war is told here for the first time. Based on interviews with many of those who served in the teams, it tells of what they did, and how they stayed sane in a place which at times tested the limits of their endurance.

Author bio:

GARY McKAY served as a rifle platoon commander in South Vietnam where he was decorated for gallantry and severely wounded. He retired from the Army in 1998 and is now a full time non-fiction writer and freelance historian. ELIZABETH STEWART is an historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial. She has worked on The Official History of Australia's Involvement in Southeast Asian Conflicts 1948-1975, and developed the Vietnam section of the Memorial's new Conflicts 1945 to Today galleries.

Category: History
ISBN: 9781741750744
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: August 2009
Page Extent: 304
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Australasian & Pacific history