Inside Russian Medicine; An American Doctor's First-Hand Report
Boston: Beacon Press, 1981. First Printing thus [Stated] Originally published by Everest House in 1981. Trade paperback. 407,  pages. Footnotes. Illustrations. Appendices. Selected Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Signed by author on title page. Cover is worn, soiled, torn and chipped. Derived from a Kirkus review: Armed with a knowledge of Russian and a medical degree, William Knaus accompanied an American exhibit on Outdoor Recreation on its lengthy Russian tour. As a result of firsthand travel to remote parts, as well as ongoing study, interviews, and negotiations for joint research ventures, Knaus is extraordinarily knowledgeable about medicine in the Soviet Union. The book opens with a real cliffhanger: the dramatic fight for life of a young American guide who underwent surgery for internal bleeding in Irkutsk. The story ends happily when the Russians, in an unprecedented gesture of compassion, allow a US plane to fly across Russia to evacuate the patient. Knaus conveys an openness and warmth that seem to have elicited a corresponding directness and empathy from those he interviewed. It may be well known that Russia produces an enormous number of doctors, that medical care is free, and that all workers are entitled to 24 days of rest at workers' sanitoria. The book is an extremely vivid and valuable assemblage of observations and fact. Condition: Fair.
Keywords: Soviet Union, Russia, Medicine, Medical Care, Doctors, Folk Medicine, Horsely Gantt, Hospitals, Medical Education, Medical Equipment, Medical Technology