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In the Front Line: A Doctor in War and Peace Kindle Edition
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I was therefore quite surprised to find that, from the very first pages, I was completely absorbed by this intensely personal account of Alec Glen's experiences both as a medical officer in WW1 and as a GP in Govan in the post-war years. Broad in scope, and often cinematic in its imagery, it is a unique and vivid first-hand narrative of events which will linger long in your mind.
His sparing use of emotive language often belies the enormity of what he describes and feels, yet somehow this makes it all the more poignant. Amidst the carnage and the tragedy, however, he still manages to find glimpses of humour. Very accessible, yet also highly thought-provoking and insightful, it is a truly extraordinary and engrossing tale of survival and bravery, bringing into sharp focus the human cost of war, while later highlighting the immense sea-change in civilian medical services between his era and the present.
National Health Service with interesting views expressed.
I warmed to the modesty of this fine man, his compassion for the people he treated, his admiration for some of the other medical people he came across in his work, and his obvious wish to make peoples' lives better without expecting to make a fortune from
If he felt he was right in some area of medicine he had the courage to stand up for what he believed in.
I had the feeling he was a thoroughly good and clever man, but never because he implied it.
I would have liked to have heard a little more about his family and how it fitted into his working life - he seemed a very busy man and his wife must have been a most long-suffering woman, but I realise this story was really about his work first and foremost.
I'm glad his family decided to have this work published - they must be very proud of him.
I have a retired doctor friend who I think will really enjoy this book.
The way in which medical training was conducted was an eye-opener. This should be compulsory reading for all doctors today who think they are overworked and underpaid!
The war years were obviously very traumatic,especially as so many of Dr Glen's contempoaries were killed so soon in the conflict
As much as the horror,this work also conveys a sense of joy and fulfilment in a life serving others.
What is quite amazing was the lack of any medication of any real value,and the death rate from conditions we know now can be prevented with a course of antibiotics.Interventions in childbirth complications to prevent death or injury to mother or child were almost non-existent
As a minus,the latter part of the book dwells on the changes brought on by the newly formed NHS.This is found wanting by Dr Glen,and becomes a point of regret at the passing of the 'good old days'.
It may have been that Glasgow was blessed with good social care prior to 1948. There were many thousands in Britain who had terrible conditions to live in, with no recourse to medical care.These people.
who benefited greatly from free heath care, and still do.
I condemn Amazon for their pathetic attempts to reproduce maps in this book.
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