The 56th Evac Hospital
Letters of a WWII Army Doctor
Military History - World War II
6 x 9, 304 pp.
Illus. Map.
Pub Date: 05/01/1995
  cloth
Price:        $29.95 s

978-0-929398-83-9

Published by University of North Texas Press

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The 56th Evac Hospital

Letters of a WWII Army Doctor

By Lawrence D. Collins M.D.

Collins chronicles his experiences from training in Texas to service in Italy at Paestum, Dragoni, and worst of all, the desperate “Hell's Half Acre” of Anzio Beach, where, because of frequent shelling of the hospitals, patients were known to go AWOL to the front. His book is a rare opportunity to view WWII from the perspective of those whose task it was to treat the sick and wounded.

LAWRENCE D. COLLINS, M.D., served in the Baylor Medical Unit from 1942-1945, after which he went into practice with his brother in Waco. In 1982 he retired from medical practice and lived in Waco with his wife Margaret.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Despite its dark moments, the book is filled with examples of how the human spirit survives under the dreadful conditions of war.” --Carlo D’Este

“Collins gives us a rare glimpse from the perspective of those whose task it was to treat the sick and wounded. You will find the letters fascinating reading.” --Veterans Voice

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