Winston Chu, MD, FACS, is a retired plastic surgeon, born in colonial Rangoon, Burma, and grew up in immediate post-independence period when parliamentary democracy reigned. His idyllic early years were interrupted by the accidental death of his mother and political turmoil following the seizure of power by a socialist-military dictatorship and deterioration of family fortunes. His immigration to the United States following on his father’s advice and contacts made during World War II in the Burma-India-China Theater.
His surgical training and experiences in practice forms the basis of this book. His struggles and survival in Socialist Burma and in USA as an immigrant during the 1970s as well as triumph over several life-threatening conditions formed the nadir of the abyss of his life.