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A Chapel for Christmas

Louis D. Boshes, MD†
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From Chicago, IL 60612-7330.


†Dr. Boshes died on 8 November 2003.

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Ann Intern Med. 2003;139(12):1042. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-139-12-200312160-00017
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It was early on Christmas Eve, 24 December 1943, and I was far away from home on duty at a U.S. Navy medical facility. I had always requested duty on holidays to cover for my medical buddies who were not of my own faith, and they did the same for me. My patients were a large group of 17-, 18-, and 19-year-old Marines fresh off Guadalcanal where they had aged so rapidly in combat with enemies and tropical illnesses. They were truly ill, both physically and emotionally.

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