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Letter from Gaza: inside the Nasser hospital

An English surgeon reports on troubling conditions and cultural conflicts at a hospital for the wounded

A couple of years ago my wife told me that I was getting pompous and boring and too entangled in the politics of senior medicine. So I signed up with the British army to go to Afghanistan, treating injuries in the field, and have since worked in other hotspots, including Haiti. Last December, the charity Médecins du Monde (MdM) asked me to go to Gaza to help local surgeons. It wasn’t a frontline mission, rather a ten-day stint working through the backlog of wounded from battles with the Israelis—the last big one being the December 2008 invasion, which the Gazans…

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