One of the nice things that happened for me in the past year was creation of a digital network of my fellow med students at Cornell in the early 1960s.
More than a few of those doctors went to Vietnam and bore witness to the devastation caused by the widespread use of the infamous herbicide Agent Orange.
My classmate Gus Kappler, a practicing general surgeon in Amsterdam, N.Y., wrote us recently in the third person about his experiences during the war and beyond.
“Dr. Gus Kappler served as a trauma surgeon at the 85th Evacuation Hospital during the Vietnam War. He not only witnessed war’s devastation on mind, body, and soul but also has observed, for over fifty years, the continuing tragedy of Agent Orange exposure on veterans, children, and grandchildren.
“The Veterans Administration recognizes that the Dioxin in the 2,4,5,T portion of Agent Orange causes Parkinson’s Disease. Two physicians he served with in Vietnam have died from the disease.”
I write this post on the eve of Tuesday’s webcast with the four doctors who wrote the book, Ending Parkinson’s Disease. It’s from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM. Find it at https://www.facebook.com/endingparkinsons.