An Imperfect Offering: Dispatches from the medical frontline Hardcover – 5 Jun 2008
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Clarity, compassion and commitment are presented in spades in this book about those who are fighting the lack of political will that too often fails to prevent man's inhumanity to man --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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