On Tuesday, September 11, 1973, General Augusto Pinochet staged a brutal military coup against Chilean President Salvador Allende. Inside the government palace, Dr. Jose Quiroga, a cardiologist and Allendes physician, watched as soldiers went from room to room attacking supporters of Allende. He was detained and beaten, but the general in charge ordered the release of all physicians.
In 1977, Quiroga moved his family to Santa Monica after securing a position at UCLAs School of Public Health. I lost my friends, my political life, my job, everything. For the next twenty-five years, he volunteered to treat victims of torture at ...
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