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It's hard to learn and practice medicine when the government has sealed off the country from new medical textbooks and banned all drawings of the human form, even for surgeons' anatomy lessons.

Iraqi doctors at a conference browse a table of free medical books donated through UCLA's Operation Medical Libraries.

That's the history that Bruin medical graduates stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan encountered when they tried to help local doctors improve healthcare. When Army Major Laura Pacha, a physician who graduated in 1998, sent a plea a year ago to the UCLA Medical Alumni Association requesting textbook donations, she hoped to make a dent in the problem.

No one expected the tidal wave of contributions that has garnered national attention.

"I'm perpetually flabbergasted, " Pacha said.

Valerie Walker, head of Operation Medical Libraries and director of the UCLA Medical Alumni Association, accepting an award from Army Lt. Col. Christopher Talcott, an OML board member and former chair of Military Sciences at UCLA.

Valerie Walker, director of the UCLA Medical Alumni Association, heeded Pacha's call and organized a one-time donation drive a year ago that collected 5, 000 pounds, about two and a half tons, of books. But after the drive ended, donations kept flowing in.

"It was a good idea that just took on a life of its own, " said Walker, who never expected to head up a nationwide grass-roots movement. Operation Medical Libraries (OML) has now collected 13 tons of books without any publicity and sent them to two dozen hospitals and medical schools in Afghanistan and Iraq. "Other UCs are holding book drives. I'm getting calls from Florida, Colorado, North Carolina. The National Institutes of Health want to get involved."

With medically trained Bruins and other Americans mentoring Iraqi and Afghan doctors, the books are saving lives, Walker said.

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