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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 09/01/2020
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Everyone should read this
It’s pretty hard to read at times, but it’s amazing. Unlike anything I’ve ever read before, David Nott is definitely one incredible human - I think he’s in... READ MORE
Bella at Canterbury
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This was a great account of David's experiences over the last couple of decades. He really manages to convey some of the horrors of war in his writing and ... READ MORE
Daniel Moran
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An extraordinary story of humanity
This book is quite extraordinary. The courage shown by Nott and his colleagues is unbelievable. Nott takes us around the world to war and disaster zones, a... READ MORE
Philippa Killick
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Shocking and memorable
I am SO happy I received a proof copy of this book, it has been the best and book I could have started the year with, as it reminds me how lucky we are to ... READ MORE
Leonie Robertshaw


Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for January 2020

For more than twenty-five years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world's most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out life-saving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major London teaching hospital.

The conflicts he has worked in form a chronology of twenty-first-century combat: Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, Congo, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Gaza and Syria. But he has also volunteered in areas blighted by natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal.

Driven both by compassion and passion, the desire to help others and the thrill of extreme personal danger, he is now widely acknowledged to be the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world. But as time went on, David Nott began to realize that flying into a catastrophe - whether war or natural disaster - was not enough. Doctors on the ground needed to learn how to treat the appalling injuries that war inflicts upon its victims. Since 2015, the foundation he set up with his wife, Elly, has disseminated the knowledge he has gained, training other doctors in the art of saving lives threatened by bombs and bullets.

War Doctor is his extraordinary story.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509837052
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 266g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 22 mm

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Wow, what a guy, what a book.
This is the best and most moving book I’ve ever read.
Darren  Rees
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What an amazing man! To keep going back to war zones as he did for so many years in order to treat people who had suffered such horrendous injuries showed ... READ MORE
Elizabeth Hayman
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I didn't know if I was going to like this as not my normal type of book.... I loved it and couldn't get enough.... God knows how he fit so much into his li... READ MORE
Catherine Caleno
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Brilliant and heroic
Just finished this. Loved it. Although there is quite a lot of detail of surgery and complex procedures, I didn't feel like I needed to be a medical profes... READ MORE
Catherine Caleno
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Compelling from the first page to the last. David is just an amazing human being. The book is very well written , clear and concise , especially when descr... READ MORE
peter knowles
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Outstanding what a wonderful man.
This is an astounding read by a brilliant yet very humble man. You often hear people say that they they just want to make a difference but very few actuall... READ MORE