Reconstruction: Heal Or Kill by John Raffensperger, MD

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Reconstruction, Heal or Kill is set in a small town on the Illinois river during 1870. Reflecting the author's interest in the Civil War and medical history, the novel follows Tom, a teenager working in his father's store. The boy dreams of fighting Indians, until a new doctor in town saves the leg of a girl.

The doctor convinces Tom that healing is better than killing. Tom becomes the doctor's apprentice and learns medicine, helping protect ex-slaves who are being terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan. The story reveals the prejudices against freed slaves during the post-Civil War era.

Bullets fly when the doctor takes on the leader of the Klan. Tom and his friend break up a Klan meeting, but in the melee, the Klan murders a Negro boy. In the end, Tom and the doctor operate on the Klan leader for a gunshot wound, showing that a doctor must first be a healer.

Dr. John Raffensperger grew up in a small town on the Illinois River. He wasn't an athlete but was an omnivorous reader and spent time roaming the woods and canoeing. He graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1953. After learning basic medicine and surgery, how to set broken bones and to deliver babies during his internship at Cook County Hospital, he spent two years as a medical officer on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. His experiences there are memorialized in "The Ship's Cat," a story in his medical essays book.

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