, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 36-37
Date: 16 Mar 2011

John Woods: Healing, the joy of medicine (and sorrow too)

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John Woods is an Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He grew up in Beijing, China and was the son of missionary parents. He attended an American school in China and learned to speak fluent Mandarin. After medical school and internship, he spent 2 years at a mission hospital in the jungles of Ecuador. After extensive training in general, plastic and transplant surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and the Brigham at Harvard, he subsequently became Professor of Surgery and Plastic Surgery and Coordinator of Transplantation at the Mayo Clinic. He has served in numerous short-term missions all over the world.

This book is a recounting of actual experience with patients in a wide variety of circumstances: from the streets of Beijing to inner city hospitals, to medicine and surgery in the jungles and subsequently, to training and practice in several areas of surgery at prominent academic medical institutions. In this book, the author describes many types of patients, and their