At the beginning of the Bosnian war in 1992, Dr. Vladimir J. Simunovic was a neurosurgeon in Sarajevo, also known as “little Jerusalem”, where all of the world’s major religious communities intermingled and coexisted peacefully– or so they thought. When ethnic disputes broke out, rapidly followed by bloodshed, Dr. Simunovic discovered that he belonged nowhere and to nobody. Already under a heavy burden coping with war casualties, he struggled to protect his family, to preserve his professional integrity and to stand up for the unfortunate, the ill and the weak. For one year, he fought a battle he knew he could not win, a battle for old values, for old friendships and for pride in the city of his birth. When his home disappeared in flames, his wife and 7-year old son were made penniless refugees, his staff, friends, and relatives looked to him expecting support, help and protection – all the things he did not even have for himself. This is a story, which will reveal to the reader how it is possible, under the most inhuman circumstances, to organize everyday life, to work in a military hospital and still maintain (mostly) high spirits. In the course of the war Dr. Simunovic met Ministers and the highest political authorities of the country, church dignitaries, warlords, war profiteers, foreign correspondents and humanitarians, heroes and cowards, angels, saints and crooks. Three times he broke through the Sarajevo siege to protect his most-loved ones. As the author states in his foreword, this is not an account of terror, butchered and murdered people and atrocities, it is a book about love and human dignity in the most demanding of times. Using his own wry brand of humor and self-deprecation, he reflects on the madness of war, and the goodness and evil in human beings it brings out.
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Vladimir J. Simunovic was born in 1948 in Sarajevo, BH, where he completed his education. He is Professor of Surgery and Neurosurgery, trained in Sarajevo, BH and in the U.S. at Harvard University and New York University Medical Center. He worked as head of the neural trauma service in the Sarajevo war hospital and in Mostar war hospital during the 1992–95 war, as Deputy Surgeon General in Sarajevo (1992–93); as Deputy Minister of Health, Croatian Republic Herzeg-Bosnia (1993–94); as Adviser to the Minister of Health of the Federation of BH (1995–2000); as Team Manager in health related projects of the World Bank in BH 1999–2000), as vice-dean for science at the School of Medicine, Mostar University (1997–2003), as vice-dean for science at the School of Health Study, Mostar University (2004-2010) and Professor at School of Medicine, Split University, as Chair of Medical Humanities and Clinnical Skills (2009-present). He was the Principal Coordinator of the European Union Tempus project for development of the BH medical libraries network (1998–2002), the Principal Coordinator of the European Union Tempus project "Dictum" for curriculum development in all BH Schools of Medicine (2003–2006) and the Tempus project "Refine" for curriculum development in BH Schools of Nursing (2006-present). In 2004, he became a regional editor of the Croatian Medical Journal, the principal medical journal in southeast Europe, which is indexed in all major databases. VJS was married to Karmen, Professor of Music at Split University, Croatia. They have had one son, Filip, who is presently a MD, resident in Plastic Surgery in Freiburg, Germany.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 464 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.05 inches. This item is printed on demand. Bookseller Inventory # zk1489528954