Published Jan 2010
In a mixture of reportage, confession and exposition Kaplan talks about the practice of medicine and of its shortcomings, because medicine is not always benign or balanced. At its extremes it is a process of treating the casualties, for life is war, and being a doctor is serving in that war.
The Dressing Station is an unforgettable medical odyssey, and a powerful examination of the paradox that the practice of healing requires there to be suffering. It is also a personal attempt to define what it means to be a doctor, and a human being, in these zones of conflict.