Doctor Bob by Lodewyk H.S. Van Mierop, MD is a memoir about the author’s life from growing up in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) to becoming a pediatric cardiologist in the United States. The memoir gives an interesting look at the often overlooked Pacific part of World War II including Doctor Bob’s experience being put in concentration camps by the Japanese. History of the development of pediatric cardiology is also described in depth.
The very descriptive parts about his medical career can be difficult to follow if you are not very familiar with the medical field (particularly cardiology), however, this seems appropriate and will make at least much of the second half of the book quite appealing to a certain niche interested in the evolution of pediatric cardiology. Additionally, for those interested in World War II, especially a first hand account of what it was like in the concentration camps run by the Japanese, than the first half of the book can be quite an enjoyable read as well.
Doctor Bob is a somewhat hard to read book with some things being repeated (sometimes even word for word!) and timeline jumping with sometimes things being discussed about one time period than suddenly something not even relevant taking place at a different time being discussed. As a whole it might not appeal to many, but in parts it can be fascinating for those interested in certain topics including World War II, pediatric cardiology, and even snakes.
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