New Biography Tells the Story of Internment-Camp-Captive-Turned-Cardiologist, Doctor Bob
Gainesville, FL – The Japanese internment camps of the Pacific War were hardly the place where young hopes and dreams were nurtured. But one Dutch boy rose from the deprave depths of the concentration camps to prominence in the medical field. His miraculous journey is told in the new biography, Doctor Bob, published by Outskirts Press.
Lodewyk H.S. Van Mierop was born in Java to Dutch parents and was later interned by the Japanese in concentration camps for two brutal years. There, he and his family suffered beatings, starvation and other physical deprivations. Deprived of an education during his internment, young Lodewyk completed high school and medical school in Holland and a seven-year surgical residency in Albany, New York.
All was still not smooth sailing for Van Mierop, who endured years of immigration beaurocracy in the United States and Canada before his eventual move to America. “Doctor Bob,” as he came to be known, went on to become a researcher in cardiovascular embryology and the pathology of congenital heart disease. His years in internment, immigration hurdles and inspiring success in children's cardiology are chronicled in his first book, Doctor Bob.
About the book: Doctor Bob by Lodewyk H.S. Van Mierop, MD
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: July 2012
About the author:
After emigration to the United States, Lodewyk H.S. Van Mierop, MD, (“Doctor Bob”) acquired a national and international reputation in the fields of heart development and the pathology of congenital heart disease. He practiced pediatric cardiology until retirement, and now lives in Gainesville, Florida.