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The Gallipoli Campaign – a Turkish perspective


Joel Maamary
Joel Maamary.

From The University of Notre Dame Australia

The sacrifice made by Turkish medical officers in the trenches 100 years ago is a humbling and enlightening perspective on the Gallipoli Campaign, according to final year medical student from The University of Notre Dame Australia's School of Medicine, Sydney, Joel Maamary.

Mr Maamary has just returned from Turkey where he attended the Annual Medicine Festival in Canakkale, on the invitation of the Turkish Embassy extended through the Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand.

Dean of the School of Medicine, Sydney, Professor Christine Bennett, nominated Joel for this once in a lifetime experience knowing he "would embrace the experience and be a wonderful ambassador for Australia's future medical profession".

Known as 'Doctor's Day' the annual March 14 event commemorates the sacrifice made by the Turkish medical community during the Gallipoli Campaign or 'The War of Canakkale'. Mr Maamary said representatives from 29 of the 36 countries involved in the Gallipoli Campaign attended this year.

"Gallipoli, while forging the Australian ANZAC legend, also has significant meaning for the Turkish who commemorate the loss of their own, particularly the physicians who died in the trenches helping others," Mr Maamary said.

Read full story at The University of Notre Dame Australia site

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