The Devils Gardens: A History of Landmines
- By: John Pearn
Doctors have international obligations in a contracting world; and many doctors today travel or work in one of the 28 or more countries where landmines are seeded. Knowledge about the threat of landmines and an understanding of the 2000 to 3000 blasts that occur each month—leaving a quarter of the victims dead and every survivor disabled—are essential informational tools.
This is an important book about ‘Africas longest plague’ and the new ‘international front line,’ which involves potentially every doctor who travels. Anti personnel landmines rank as one of the top six preventable causes of child mortality in developing nations; and no doctor can stand aside from the obscenity of their continued seeding.
As well as offering a historical perspective of this ‘Devils Garden,’ the authors also give an overview of the risk and cost of landmines today. Some nations have set an example by destroying their stocks of anti personnel