Doctor presents a history of US military medical services in the Vietnam War and discusses other issues related to this controversial war.

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Dr. John A. Emery’s New Book “US Medical Care in the Vietnam War” is an enlightening book for students and all those seeking more information about this controversial war, which was a defining event during a very tumultuous time in our country.

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San Diego, California – Author Dr. John A. Emery describes the United States military medical services in the Vietnam War in his new publication, “U.S. medical care in the Vietnam War”. This book provides details about the types of medical care that the United States military’s medical services provided for its soldiers, its allied soldiers, and the Vietnamese civilians during this war.

In this illuminating book Dr. Emery briefly describes the political events leading up to the Vietnam War. He notes the advancements in medicine that contributed to the high level of survival of soldiers in this war. He describes the training of the medics, corpsmen, nurses and doctors prior to their participation in the war. He provides a concise description of the military’s hospital-based medical care, including the role of the medics, corpsman, nurses, and doctors in this care. He points out the factors that accounted for the excellence of this hospital-based care. The pathway of a wounded soldier from the battlefield, throughout his treatment, to his eventual return to the United States is outlined.

The doctor details a second type of medical care (Med CAP) provided to the South Vietnam civilians. This care was part of the United States military’s plan to provide assistance to the South Vietnamese people during their effort to establish a democratic government in their country. This type of care may not be well known to the American public. Photographs are provided showing the Chu Lai area and documenting this second type of medical care provided to the South Vietnamese civilians living on an island off the northern shore of the First Marine Aircraft Wing air base at Chu Lai, South Vietnam. These photographs were taken by Dr. Emery and the corpsmen with him.

A discussion of some of the non-medical factors of this war expands the knowledge one can gain from reading this book.

The information provided in this book is a combination of the author’s personal experiences and his observations during his time in South Vietnam during 1967 and 1968.

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About the Author
Dr. John A. Emery was born in Niagara Falls, New York. He grew up in West Virginia outside the city of Charleston. He and his family moved to Torrance, California in 1956 when he was a junior in high school. He attended UCLA on a football scholarship and a partial academic scholarship. He is a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He attended the University of California Medical School at San Francisco from 1961 to 1965. He is a member of the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity. He interned at Los Angeles County Hospital in 1965 to 1966. He was working there during the Watts Riot in the summer of 1965.

He served as a US Navy doctor assigned to the First Marine Aircraft Wing at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, in 1967 and 1968. He completed his urology residency in 1973 and practiced in San Diego for over thirty years. He is a member of numerous medical, urological, and surgical societies.

He was married to Victoria for over thirty years. His daughter, Colleen, is a part-owner of a communication company (PRR) in Seattle, Washington. His son, Scott, is a lawyer and a general surgeon. He practices general surgery in Seattle. Doctor Emery has six grandchildren.

U.S Medical Care in the Vietnam War * by John A. Emery, MD, FACS
Publication Date: 2/18/2014
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 86 pages; 978-1-4836-7427-8
Trade Hardback; $24.99; 86 pages; 978-1-4836-7428-5
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-7429-2

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