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  • Hardcover: 242 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (27 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813120705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813120706
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,339,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Provides a close look at the way a MASH functioned.... The Apels have produced a well written and useful book." -- "Southern Historian"

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spookydel on 28 April 2008
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I, like most, was a big fan of the MASH TV series, and having had a bit of a review of it, decided to see what reading there was out there and came across this.

It is a true perspective of a MASH surgeon, and I for one found it unputdownable, and found myself realising both how alike and how different this book and the series were.

Apel worked as a consultant on the TV series, which I guess is where a lot of the comparisons come from, but I would recommend it as a stand alone book in it's own right - and it certainly shows that not all the time in the MASH was fun and games!
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By Ant Newson on 6 Oct. 2014
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absolutely brilliant book. i don't read a lot of non-fiction but i have been a huge fan of the TV series ( and later the film ) M*A*S*H ( which, please note, this book has absolutely nothing to do with ) and i have visited South Korea so i decided to give this book a go. a superb read from the opening paragraph, which is one of the best openings to a book i have ever read, fiction or non-fiction. the narrative was well paced and sufficiently detailed without being too technical to easily digest and the accompanying photographs just added to the whole. it was truly enlightening to read about what the conditions were actually like in the MASH units and the truth behind the military and surgical politics and administrative red-tape at the time. i would recommend this book to anyone who has more than a passing interest in the M*A*SH film / TV series, 20th century warfare or surgical history o even just enjoys a good informative read.
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By gibson on 31 Aug. 2014
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The real story of a war by any other name well written
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Good Read 9 Jun. 2002
By T West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is not about the T.V. show M*A*S*H. But the tv show did get many of its episodes from this book. From arterial transplants to make shift clamps these Doctors opened many new doors to the medical world. Chapter 6 "In the O.R." is pretty gruesome. Details of intestinal wounds abdominal wounds and pretty much everything a war could destroy on a body.
But its not all blood and guts. D.R. Apel talks of the korean's who helped around the camp. The use of the white rocks in the compund. Plus his first day at the MASH was spent on his feet for 72 hrs. operating. Amazing.
I would have ggave the book a five star rating but there was a section on a paper the D.R. wrote on arteral repair which IMO took away from the book. It might have worked better at the end of the book.
Nice pictures of procedures and Korea. This book is a must for people who like the TV show and would really like to see what went on in a real MASH outfit during the real Korean war.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Tribute to the M. A. S. H. Units in Korea. 7 Dec. 2002
By Lee Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
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Dr. Appell's book "M. A. S. H.: An Army Surgeon in Korea" is an excellent tribute to the men and women of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals by a veteran surgeon of the 8076TH M . A. S. H. unit. My only complaint is that the book was not a little longer. For any fan of the movie or t. v. series this book is a must-read. Dr. Appell (who was a consultant for the series), tells us what life was really like in a M. A. S. H. unit. The series took some liberties with actual events, but its overall portrayal was fairly accurate-though the series lasted 10 years compared to the three years of the Korean War itself, and the average length of stay for surgeons in a M. A. S. H. was about 8 months. Dr. Appell has written a very interesting book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
MASH-The Real Deal 17 Oct. 2010
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I finally ordered Dr. Apel's book years after it first came out the day after my aunt's military funeral. When the book was first published, the author had sent her a copy. There's a story about her on p. 105 and pictures on the cover and on pp. 106 and 99, LT. Marilyn Brown. She recommended the book highly, but I'd never managed to read it when I'd found it by inter-library loan or when I'd borrowed Dad's copy. But after Marilyn's funeral I sent for my own copy and read it.

For years she had shared her adventures, her fear, her funny stories, her painful PTSD memories. I had always known MASH, even before the TV show. Marilyn lived it, both the laughter and the tears. Through her, I got it second-hand. Through this book many others can come to understand what these men and women, these ordinary heroes, accomplished and suffered as they set the standard for battlefield medicine in the modern era.

I highly recommend this book and would even if I didn't have a personal connection to it. The reader is presented with an historical angle rarely seen, with insight into the staffs' daily lives, with events and anecdotes that educate, inspire and entertain-- some of which made their way into MASH scripts for TV. The story about everyone at the 8076 coloring their hair with henna was turned into everyone at the 4077 bleaching their hair blonde while Hot Lips was on leave in Tokyo.
Look for other parallels. You'll find them. Enjoy.

Kim Lawrence
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Content makes up for writing 7 Mar. 2006
By Alan Mazer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's clear that the author is a doctor and not a writer. The book cries out for editing; writing errors and organizational issues permeate the book. That said, after I got about halfway through these things stopped bothering me. The story made up for it. The reality of the MASH is much more interesting than what's portrayed on the screen. It gave me a new respect for military medicine. If you can make it through the starting chapters it's a great read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Great Piece of History 5 July 2011
By Roadrunr88 - Published on Amazon.com
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From the literary side, this work is a little rough around the edges. From the historical side, I am glad to finally find some firsthand information about the 8076 MASH. I wish there were more stories about the MASH units and the contributions they made during the forgotten war. My dad was in the 8076, after Dr. Apel served there, but unfortunately he never talked about his time in the Korea. This book helped fill that gap and will always remain in my library.
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