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From Healing to Hell Hardcover – October 5, 2011
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This book is so well written and a definite page turner. What a riveting story and one that needed to be told, especially in the complicated clandestine world in which we live. It is heart breaking and encouraging at the same time, a poignant reminder of how a good man and family can get caught in a web and brought down, used and destroyed. It is also a reminder of how we need to be vigilant of our government. --Catherine St Clair
This book is a tale of two stories. The life of Dr Wall and his family plus a history of the CIA and its dealings with unsuspecting victims. The first pulls on your heart strings, the second is a cause for anger and concern. Woven together the book is a very worth-while read. I read the book on vacation and as soon as I finished it, I immediately handed it to my wife for her to read. Highly recommended!! --Bill Zaryski
About the Author
A native of Blakely, Georgia, W. Henry Wall,Jr., DDS has four children and eight grandchildren and is an Atlanta oral surgeon. He previously served on Emory University's faculty. Hie quest to relieve his inner pain through the story of what happened to his Father is relived in vivid and page-turning detail.
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But the author is also honest in depicting Dr. Wall's slide into drug abuse that provided his enemies with the ammunition to do him in and, ultimately, led to his conviction and imprisonment in a federal prison. The word "tragedy" is vastly misused today, but it applies to Dr. Wall's life as it was used by ancient Greek dramatists.
Dr. Wall's journey takes an even more dramatic turn while in prison, where, according to his son, the doctor fell into the orbit of one of the CIA-directed doctors who were conducting secret drug experiments on unsuspecting patients. The author believes that this experience permanently marred Dr. Wall's mental and physical health and led to years of physical and emotional abuse of his own family.
I state without reservation: although the book is too dark and heart-rending to apply the word "enjoy" in a review, you will be glad you read it, and you will recommend it to your friends. It is a case of truth outdoing fiction. There is no doubt in my mind that this book would make a great movie. Think of it: two of the main characters in it are a real-life, mean Southern sheriff who puts the Hollywood caricature of such a person to shame, and one of the CIA's doctors of darkness. Stir in a scene where the mean sheriff calls the doctor equivalent of Atticus Finch to the jail to view the brutally beaten body of a dead black man and pressures the doctor to disguise the cause of death, and you have the makings of an Academy Award winner.
I found the aggressive beginning kind of turned me off, but then the story levelled off and the last part really made up for my concern about the aggressive start.
I was well aware of the criminal acts of Dr. Cameron, who tortured Canadians who were seeking psychiatric care in Quebec . So it made me more confidant that Mr Wall's father was caught in a similar trap.
This book should be required reading for students of Ethics, Psychology, and Sociology.
The book arrived on time and was in excellent condition.