A personal narrative of often-dramatic, dangerous and sometimes funny events in the life of a Palestinian surgeon.

by Shawki Harb M.D.



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/23/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781665720045
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781665720038
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781665720052
Format : Audio
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ISBN : 9781665731157

About the Book

Palestinians, wherever they travel or reside, and whenever they talk or write about anything, always center their discussion on the Palestinian issue. It is an intrinsic part of their existence. In A Surgeon under Israeli Occupation, author Dr. Shawki Harb chronicles his experiences about life, Palestine, and medicine that he’s witnessed throughout fifty years of a surgical practice.

He offers a narrative of the life of a Palestinian surgeon who practiced medicine under Israeli occupation for more than a quarter of a century from 1975 to 2003. Harb also covers events that took place during his medical school and internship years in Germany from 1958 to 1967 and subsequent specialty training in the United States from 1967 to 1975. This memoir tells how he lived calmly and purposefully under Israeli military occupation, enduring harassment and overcoming challenges like having to perform heart surgery under the flickering light of flashlights during blackouts and the sound of gunfire.

Giving a long-term perspective A Surgeon under Israeli Occupation shares unique insights into the nature of the conflict, providing stories of unusual medical events and personal experiences while reflecting on the social and political context in which they happened.

About the Author

Shawki Harb is a retired surgeon. Born in Ramallah, Palestine, he has worked as a general as well as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon at some of the most advanced centers in the world. He taught at Al-Quds Medical School in Jerusalem and is fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. Harb, father of four and grandfather of seven, lives with his wife between Palestine and the United States.