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"Silent Scars of Healing Hands: Oral Histories of Japanese American Doctors in World War II Detention Camps" describes the vital role played by Japanese American medical professionals during the mass incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II. Readers learn how Japanese American health care providers struggled to supply quality health care to their compatriots in makeshift hospitals while imprisoned themselves.
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This book traces the lives of 25 physicians and other health care workers from childhood through World War II and describes the difficult time they encountered re-establishing themselves after the war. One chapter, "I am Proud to Serve," is devoted to several doctors who served in the military even though their families had been imprisoned. Through extensive research, firsthand accounts, and nearly 50 black and white photographs, the book gives a thorough account of the men and women who attended school under the most restrictive academic quota system and persevered to receive medical degrees and practice medicine. Their history is punctuated with oppressive laws, the Great Depression, forced removal during World War II, and the ill will faced upon return to their homes after the war. It is also a history of accomplishment and commitment, of surviving harsh conditions through constant dedication and dogged perseverance.
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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   20th century History of a people?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   Japanese

Subjects of this Historical Account

Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   Asiatic Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic


If applicable, liberal/conservative?    -   Historian is very moderate

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   1 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   3 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Book makes you feel...    -   thoughtful How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   1 () Minor characters feature lots of:    -   doctors Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 16-Adult Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A significant amount Length of book    -   150-200 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   3 ()

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