Interview: Dr. Khassan Baiev, author

11/17/03 12:00AM By Neal Charnoff
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(Neal) Dr. Khassan Baiev was a surgeon living in Moscow when the Russian-Chechen war broke out in 1994. Dr. Baiev returned to his homeland of Chechnya, and immediately found himself operating on the front lines.

He was driven underground after his home and hospital were destroyed by bombs, and by the year 2000, he was the only surgeon remaining for the nearly 80,000 residents near Grozny, the Chechen capitol.

During those years, Dr. Baiev was guided by his dedication to the Hippocratic oath, providing care to the wounded on all sides of the conflict. But his unwillingness to take sides put his life in danger, and in late 2000, he reluctantly emigrated to the United States, settling in Andover, Vermont.

Khassan Baiev now lives with his family near Boston.

He has recounted his experiences in a new book called "The Oath", written with journalists Ruth and Nicholas Daniloff , part-time residents of Andover.

Dr. Khassan Baiev and Nicholas Daniloff join us from our studio at the Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester.

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