I will spend the day in the anatomy lab, where the fresh-frozen bodies of seven civic- and science-minded folk will be the training ground work I will do abroad. They are Americans, too, I’m told. So we are eight.
The other 29 participants of the course are from all over the world: Lebanon, Palestine, Italy, Brazil, Iran, Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Nigeria, India.
This collection of surgeons has come to hone their skills and learn to adapt them to “austere environments ”- poor, disaster-stricken, war-torn regions where the need is great, the resources few, and devastating injuries requiring prompt surgical care come in a flood.