David Applebaum

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 18 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:684

Israeli emergency physician and a specialist in treating the victims of suicide attacks

When David Applebaum failed to answer his pager alert five minutes after it was sounded last week, Shaare Zedek Medical Centre's emergency department staffers immediately became alarmed. They knew that when called, the 50 year old department director, who was one of the pioneers of efficient and humane urgent medical care in Israel, always dropped everything he was doing, day or night, and rushed in to help.

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Applebaum was one of seven people who were killed in a suicide bombing at Jerusalem's Hillel café. Fifty-seven people–many of them rushed to Shaare Zedek–were wounded in the explosion.

“It was clear to me from very early on that when David didn't show up and hadn't called, a terrible tragedy had occurred,” said the director general of the Jerusalem medical centre, Professor Jonathan Halevy. “Confirmation of my suspicions came shortly.”

Applebaum's 20 year old daughter Nava, who was doing a year's national service working with children with …

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