Cambodia Calling

Cambodia Calling

A Memoir From the Frontlines of Humanitarian Aid

Book - 2008
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A celebrated doctor's coming of age story in Cambodia It was while in Uganda as a young and idealistic physician that Dr. Richard Heinzl finally heard his true calling: to set up a chapter of Doctors Without Borders in his native Canada. As a prerequisite to fulfilling his Medecins Sans Frontieres dream, Dr. Heinzl was sent to a war-ravaged town in Cambodia to work a year in the field. Cambodia Calling is this young doctor's harrowing personal story of setback and accomplishment in the dangerous and inhospitable environment of a remote Cambodian village. His compelling narrative details how he confronted his own illness and self-doubt, as well as the reality of treating those who could not be saved. Richard Heinzl, MD (Oakville, ON, Canada) founded the Canadian chapter of Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), the Nobel Prize-winning humanitarian relief organization. He studied medicine at the University of Toronto, Harvard, and Oxford.
Publisher: Mississauga, Ont. : John Wiley & Sons Canada, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780470153253
Branch Call Number: 610.92 HEINZ
Characteristics: x, 259 pages : maps ; 23 cm


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Barbarajean Dec 14, 2017

I really enjoyed this little book, which tells what it was like to work for a humanitarian organization, like MSF, as a doctor in a really underdeveloped area of Cambodia in the 1990's, after the "killing fields" and the end of the Pot regime. It should be required reading for any young person embarking on a similar adventure.

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