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From a novel (1968) by the American writer Richard Hooker, subsequently a film and (1973–84) a highly successful television series; Mash shows an American Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War, staffed by Hawkeye Pierce and his colleagues. It is characterized by an irreverent and anti-militaristic spirit, and a realistic sense of the urgency, and capacity for invention and compromise, required in medical staff dealing with battlefield casualties.

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