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Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village Hardcover – Apr 14 2009


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; 1st edition (April 14 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385665954
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385665957
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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A very down to earth, real account of what it is like to work abroad in emergency medicine. Relatable, unreal!
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I feel as though I have been waiting for this book my entire adult life. Maskalyk answered so many questions for me about what type of person can do this work and wether they remain untouched, intact afterwards. I liked that the author approaches his writting task responsibly knowing that people like myself will be reading it. I appreciate that he holds himself accountable in that manner. I love that he offers his reader a play by play view of what is happening and how he is or isn't dealing with it at the time. I love that he offers up and accepts the experience for what it is without too much analyzing. And above all, I love that it did affect him and that he took the time to humanize himself again and reflect upon his regrets so that he could share this experience. Beautifully writen, moving and unforgettable.(
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 20 2009
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~Subtitled: A Young Doctor in a War-torn Village~

Dr. James Maskalyk was an young emergency room physician in Toronto, Canada and no stranger to medical missions when he decided to join Médicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

" I wanted to see who I was when everything was taken away, when all the insulation between the world and me was removed."

His six month assignment was to Sudan. Most of us think of Darfur when we hear Sudan. Maskalyk went to Abyei, a small town on the border between Southern and Northern Sudan. At the time he was there, the town was 'neutral', but surrounded by military from both sides. This book was born from a blog that Maskalyk started while in Sudan to communicate with family and friends. Upon his return to Canada, he found it difficult to assimilate back into his former life , to not look back at Sudan.

"I went to Sudan, and am writing about it again, because I believe that which separates action from inaction is the same thing that separates my friends from Sudan. It is not indifference. It is distance. May it all fall away."

Dr. Maskalyk has done a fantastic job in trying to minimize the distance and bring Sudan closer. I literally could not put this book down. It's one thing to read newspaper accounts of the tragedies happening halfway around the world, but this book put an intensely personal face on it. We are privy to Maskalyk's enthusiasm and hopes for making a immediate difference when he arrives. We are able to read of the sorrow, despair and toll the situation takes on him personally, as well as the cost of war on the people of Sudan. With our health care system in Canada, it is difficult to read of the many children dying from malnutrition and measles.
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