on 18 July 2013
I loved the tv series MASH and this book gives a real insight into the day to day life at a MASH unit and some of the inspiration for the TV series, including a real life Hawkeye.
If you are interested in the history of MASH units or emergency medical history like me this is a great book. Considering the effect it had in emergency and military medicine it is surprising how few books there are on the subject.
Although the characters in the book are at times chauvinistic and prejudiced it reflects the attitudes of that time. Overall it was a fun, informative and worthwhile read. If you liked it I'd also reccomend 'MASH An army surgeon in Korea' by Otto Apel.
on 23 January 2012
I found this book very hard to put down once started, a really good story, and Richard Kirkland manages perfectly to convey the atmosphere of a serving officer in Korea in the 50s, from flying early type helicopters under enemy fire and in difficult weather conditions, the harshness of living under canvas in sub-zero temperatures, to his periods of R and R in Japan. Enjoyed the links to MASH the comdy show. It's all there in this book. Enjoy