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We were told to just go shopping and basically to leave the fighting and the wars to someone else. The truth was that back in Vietnam, no one, including the editors of Life Magazine, was seeing the whole thing. Vietnam, like all wars, came in pieces. In a very real way, everyone saw only their part of it, and that alone made it easy to dismiss what was really important. You could see what you wanted and parse whatever you saw any number of ways and no one could really say you were wrong. ” But it did seem to me at the time that if you really wanted to know the true costs of a disaster, you had better ask those really involved, and better still, those actually paying the price.
I was one of the few single physicians in our class. No family, no kids, no responsibilities. Before I left for the Army, I had sold my Volvo and put what little I owned into a few boxes and left them in the basement of the home of one of the staff physicians at the county hospital to be stored until I came back to the States. I had left for Fort Sam without owning anything and without having a single key in my pocket. There were no excuses I could use, except the excuse of being afraid. Caving into that seemed a bad precedent for the future.
All of today’s minimally invasive techniques and laser surgeries, along with the use of synthetic polymers for structural reconstructions, were decades off. So with the initial results not going that well, the surgeons simply kept him at Zama. Over the years that I was there, the face did get better, or at least more recognizable as a face, or we simply got used to seeing what was there and thought that, all things considered, it was going pretty well. With more surgeries and additional skin flaps followed by even more reconstructions of his mouth and nose, and then his lips and eye lids, with the passage of time, we thought that he did look better, though we feared that when he would finally be sent home someone would either look away, or be foolish enough to ask what had happened to him.