Robert C. Cochran, a son of missionaries, spent his youth in China. After finishing his schooling at Deerfield Academy and Princeton University, he went to medical school, and at the same time joined the Navy. He was stationed on a hospital ship off the coast of Vietnam in 1968, the year of the Tet and May Offensives.

      The majority of his career was spent at Bethesda Naval Hospital, where he rose to chief of surgery, and tended to some of the most senior members of government. He is now a professor of surgery at the West Virginia School of Medicine.

      This memoir is a wide-ranging, richly anecdotal, and good-humored account of a very interesting life.

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