Reviews

Colonel Kurt Lang, USMC (ret.) "I enjoyed reading Dr. Donadio's deployment account, his thoughts, actions, range of emotions shared, the convictions it established within him based on his faith, and the deep breath of character (personal, professional, spiritual), which his Vietnam experience built up in him. It seems that experience led to his rise in the medical world, and also becoming a cherished family man. Dr. Donadio epitomizes the essence of fruit that is born of challenge (John 15:1-2). I read recently that pruning whether physical or spiritual doesn't seem pleasant, but is necessary for good health and growth. Bottom Line: I am a better person for reading the accounts of Dr. Donadio in Vietnam. In general, there are two types of persons in this world when faced with challenges (pruning): ONE: Those that have a relationship with the GOD of the universe through Jesus Christ or are in the process of being drawn by the Holy Spirit -- they eventually respond to the challenges (pruning) by yielding fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22,23) -- in Dr. Donadio's case, you stated he is a family man, soft-spoken, kind & gracious. I assume, in part, this is because he has seen first hand the worst of man... and his experiences in Vietnam have convicted him to become the best he can be. Further, it convicted him to continue his research quest following his time in the Army, favorably touching countless lives. A vessel of the Creator, reaching out with mercy to His creation. TWO: Those that do not have a relationship with the GOD of the universe through Jesus Christ -- they become mean, bitter, self-centered and selfish following challenges (pruning). They believe society owes them...and spend the rest of their lives taking (emotionally, physically, spiritually, financially) from others, eventually destroying themselves in the process. It warms me to know that there are real, caring people in this world like the Dr. Donadio I've grown to know through the pages of his book."

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This fascinating book outlines the pivotal role of Dr. Donadio in the development of better care for our soldiers with acute kidney failure while in Vietnam. His knowledge and insight, along with ingenuity and the support of his colleagues, led to rapid changes in the use of a (then) new role for hemodialysis in critically ill patients. This was pioneering work! His observations regarding malaria, and its treatment, also changed the approach of our military to prevent and treat this severe illness. Of equal importance, Dr. Donadio shows the compassionate care given by him and others to the Vietnamese. There are thousands of individuals in the USA and Vietnam who owe their survival and health to Dr. Donadio and those who followed him, using his advice. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the important role of nephrologists and physicians in the Vietnam war.

Dr. James T. McCarthy, now retired. During his career he served as Chair of the Division of Nephrology at Mayo Rochester, and he was a Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He also wrote extensively especially in the field of dialysis support of patients with chronic renal failure.