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The Book

Fencing with God

In this memoir, Sidney Kaplan, M.D., F.A.C.S. narrates the obstacles he faced on the way to becoming a thoracic surgeon, including an inordinate number of life-and-death traumatic cases in civilian practice that included all varieties of gunshot and stab wounds. Highlighting many cases, Kaplan offers insights into the operating room, from elective surgery to urgent to emergency, sharing what it was like in a race to save lives. He describes both the emotions and the experiences participating in life-threatening surgical procedures as both a surgeon and a patient.

Fencing with God tells the details of Kaplan’s career, faith, and personal life as well as offering a snapshot of history and medicine.