Tending to Wounds of War He Didn't Know

The New York Times—December 2, 1998

Dr. Brian C. Halpern was 19 years old when the war in Vietnam ended. He lost no members of his family in the war, nor does he see much of the legacy of the war in his practice. Dr. Halpern is a specialist in sports medicine and a successful one: he's associate team physician for the Mets, attending physician at Manhattan's Hospital for Special Surgery.

But in 1998, Dr. Halpern, when he was 42, made three trips to Vietnam to set up a program in which doctors and physical therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery instructed doctors at the Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi.
Dr. Halpern's memories of his first visit to Bach Mai were vivid.
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