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Healing in Hell : The Memoirs of a Far Eastern POW Medic

Healing in Hell : The Memoirs of a Far Eastern POW Medic [Kindle Edition]

Ken Adams
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There have been many books detailing the terrible plight of the Far East Prisoner of War but very few of these have told the story of the remarkable work of the medical personnel whilst in captivity. This is an excellent book and recommended to all military medics as an example of how one of their forefathers, despite his own suffering performed in the highest traditions of the RAMC during very difficult times. - The Medic --The Medic

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Ken Adams, as a trained medic, was sent out to the Far East and immediately saw action on the Malay Peninsula. Captured at Singapore he initially worked at Changi Hospital. Many moves and much worse capos in Thailand were to follow. He describes his life, work and the terrible conditions endured at the hands of the Japanese and Korea guards and worst of all, the Kempetai secret police.

Illnesses such as dysentery, malaria, avitominosis, cholera and smallpox had to be treated with minimal or no medicines. Starvation was a fact of life.

The author was frequently moved around and in 1945 took part in a march of many hundreds of miles which inevitably proved fatal to many of his fellow POWs.

Liberation and repatriation are movingly described as, most significantly, is the whole process of settling back into normal life after so long in captivity of the worst kind.

Healing in Hell is an exceptional account that demands reading.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1293 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword (23 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EE2E84
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Healing in Hell 29 Oct 2011
By Richard
An absolutely riveting book, I picked it up from Waterstones before a flight to the Middle East and could not put it down. It is exceptionally well written and very easy reading. I passed it onto a friend on Tuesday and it's already gone through three pairs of hands in just under a week! Everyone has loved it so far and felt compelled to finish it at the expense of work commitments, children and all life's other distractions!

I have read a significant number of history books - I sat the history tripos at Sidney Sussex many years ago - and can say that it really is a cut above (and in many ways much more like a novel than a history book). That said, while it is a page turner, I felt I learnt an awful lot about the trials of the Burma railroad and life's struggles in an extreme situtation. Not many books combine excellent narrative with real content. Paul Cargledge's books on ancient Greece might be a point of comparison.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death and Life in a Japanese POW camp 25 Oct 2011
By VandaP
The harrowing experiences of an ordinary man in extraordinary circumstances. This first hand account of life as a prisoner medic in Japan during WWII proves to be both compelling and enthralling. It tackles, head on, the horrific subject of the ill treatment and often subsequent deaths of his fellow comrades, whom he had tended to, to the best of his abilities, with very few supplies and little experience. His description of his first encounter of death is dealt with in a succinct manner and his recollections of accepting his freedom and settling back into civilian life are particularly poignant.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but nothing special. 1 Nov 2013
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This is a well written book which helps others to understand why so many of the last generation hate the Japanese and have been unable to forgive their attrocities during the 1939-45 war.
I'm glad he took time to write it and hope doing so helped him come to terms with things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book 18 Sep 2013
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This book is amazing, i could not put it down. It is simple, blunt and to the point account of an RAMC Medic. There are no frills attached. It is an emotional, enigning, and hart warming account of this medics career from training through, combat, capture, imprisenment, and post war adjustment. I could and probably will read this book again.
If your after a book that is goes into minute detail, and the whys and what fors, dont get this. If you want a very personal account of an individual expereances and thoughts, this will not disapoint.
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