by Dr. Gus Kappler
Based on his real-life experiences: Vietnam trauma surgeon, Veteran advocate, Cornell eduator, PTSD expert.
Our country must learn more truths aboout the Vietnam War.
ONE DEGREE is a metaphor for the real-life factors involved in my Vietnam War experience, the Agent Orange poisoning of us, the corrupt relationships between corporate America and Washington, the loss of control of our fighting men in Vietnam after Tet '68, and the total abdication by the United States of responsibility to rehabilitate and reintegrate our soon to be veterans back into a peaceful society.
Dr. Gus Kappler served as a trauma surgeon during the Vietnam War at the 85th Evacuation Hospital. His well-received 2015 memoir, Welcome Home From Vietnam, Finally, describes his surgical experiences and personal transformation.
Upon retiring, after thirty years of private surgical practice, he was an educator at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City for fifteen years and studied Global Politics through annual courses sponsored by NYU.
Gus’s medical mystery, One Degree, reflects his real-life knowledge gained in Vietnam, during solo surgical practice, living and recreating in the Mohawk Valley, teaching at Weill Cornell Medicine, and in understanding global politics.
ONE DEGREE is an historical medical mystery thriller involving a fatal infectious illness that is first observed in 1971 in the postoperative American Vietnam War wounded. Five Vietnam Veterans who observed the illness first hand and others touched by it are followed in ONE DEGREE during their decade and a half stateside journey to define and eradicate this fatal gruesome disease. It is a metaphor for the real-life factors involved in my Vietnam War experience, the Agent Orange poisoning of us, the corrupt relationships between corporate America and Washington, the loss of control of our fighting men in Vietnam after Tet ‘68, and the total abdication of responsibility by the United States to rehabilitate and reintegrate our soon to be veterans into a peaceful society.
REVIEWERS' DESCRIPTIVE TERMS:
Credible, Engaging, Complex, Realistic, Vivid, Fast Paced, Strong Plot, Sympathetic, Physiologically Strong, Crisp Prose, Action, Highly Descriptive, Deftly Written Conflict, Satisfying, Strong Voice, Plot Points Solid, Easily Connect.
ONE DEGREE's synopsis appears on its back cover.
This memoir was published in October 2015 chronicling events from my experience as a trauma surgeon in Vietnam, '70-'71. These stories were repeated in "storytelling" over 45 years to assuage my PTS.
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Vietnam War, Medical Mystery Thriller, Fatal Infectious Disease, Big Pharma, Political Corruption, Vietnam Veteran, CDC