Academic journal article Military Review

PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE PENICILLIN: Memoir of a Combat Medic in the Pacific in World War II

Academic journal article Military Review

PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE PENICILLIN: Memoir of a Combat Medic in the Pacific in World War II

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PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE PENICILLIN: Memoir of a Combat Medic in the Pacific in World War II, Dean W. Andersen, McFarland & Company, Jefferson, NC, 2003, 236 pages, $29.95.

In recent years, several books have been written about and by World War II medics: Richard H. Neal's Army Medic, World War II 1943-1946: A Memoir (Richard H. Neal, 2000); Leo Litwak's The Medic: Life and Death in the Last Days of WWII (Penguin Books, New York, 2002); Richard L. Sanner's Combat Medic Memoirs: Personal World War II Writings and Pictures (Rennas Productions, Saskatchewan, 1995); and Healers in World War II: An Oral History of the American Medical Corps (McFarland & Company, Jefferson, NC, 2001) edited by Patricia W. Sewell.

The first three books portray each man's story and experiences in the European Theater. None provide a big-picture history, but from a smaller viewpoint, they give the reader a sense of the challenges World War II medics faced. Dean Andersen's Praise the Lord and Pass the Penicillin, which takes place in the South Pacific, adds to this list of memoirs. …

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