Sheila Cassidy is an English doctor who worked in a lower-class area of Santiago, Chile. In November 1975 she was arrested for giving medical attention to MIR underground leaders who were being sought by the Chilean secret police.
This book is an account of that experience which included two months of imprisonment and some highly effective torture when she was first arrested. If there should be any apologist for the Pinochet regime that does not believe the many tales of torture and brutality in Chilean prisons, the book may help to convince them.
The merit of the volume is that it does give the foreigner a brief glimpse of life among the Chilean working classes during and after the Allende government. Also, the description of prison life includes a flavor which most of us would rather read about than experience.
Dr. Cassidy portrays herself as a rather silly, politically naïve woman who accidently ended up in Chile for no particular reason. Slowly, she began to identify with the poor and her picture of the insensitivity of the upper-class Chilean medical doctors is devastating.
The volume is not intended to be scholarly. Without meaning to depreciate what Dr. Cassidy has experienced or the courage she exhibited, it is a rather simple story which will primarily be of interest to those with no previous knowledge of Chile during the Pinochet years.