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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (June 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0732280087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0732280086
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,658,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Rowley Richards MBE, AO, has had a distinguished career in medicine. In 1969 Rowley was awarded an MBE for his services in war and peace, and in 1993 he received an Order of Australia for services to sports medicine and the annual City to Surf fun run. Now a spritely 87, Rowley lives in Sydney, with his wife, Beth. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By gerald stulc, md on June 16, 2014
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Well written by a prominent and compassionate physician who suffered the horrors of the "Death Railway" built by mostly ANZAC and Dutch POW's for the Japanese During WWII. I was in Thailand recently, near the infamous railway extending from Myanmar through Thailand. The film "The Bridge on the River Kwai" is an absolute travesty, a fiction that completely dilutes the savagery of the Japanese and the hell the POW's experienced. Dr Richards helps set the record straight with his harrowing account of his time as a physician tending to his fellow prisoners. all the more compelling is the fact that the book is based on diaries he kept under extreme conditions and later buried to escape retaliation. It was only dug up after the war and returned to him. As a physician, I was hoping for more clinical information regarding the specifics of the diseases, injuries and treatment available under unbearable conditions, and was disappointed Dr Richards did not expand on this aspect. An important contribution to the Pacific theater of WWII, too often overlooked.
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