New England Journal of Medicine on Syria

New_Eng_MedMost respected medical journal, The New England Journal of Medicine,  just published an article on the war in Syria bringing a different view on this controversial issue:

Where’s my mom?” a boy asked as he woke from surgery. Both his legs had been amputated when a missile hit his home in Aleppo, Syria. His mother had died in the blast. It didn’t take him long to realize the answer.

Every time I have volunteered to work in a field hospital caring for Syrian patients, I witness similar horrors and come back with nightmares. It gets worse with each trip. And whereas I never stay more than a month, Syrian physicians have endured these conditions for years — many working in caves and basements under persistent siege and bombardment. Each day is the same: cleaning mutilated wounds, amputating obliterated limbs, and watching people die in overcrowded emergency rooms with pitiful resources.


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