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War Doctor

Surgery on the Front Line
Narrated by: David Nott
Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

For more than 25 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 lifesaving 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 21st-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 realise 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.

This audio edition includes an interview between David and Eleanor Nott. 

©2019 David Nott (P)2019 Macmillan Digital Audio

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  • Mark
  • Essex
  • 02-03-19

Man on a Mission

I first heard David on Eddie Mair's radio show on BBC 4 and I was utterly mesmerised by his despatches from the front line. He made Syria real for me so I was delighted to get my hands on this exceptional book about an extraordinary man who takes his surgical skills to the world's war zones where he treats the wounded - many of them innocent children and trains the local surgical teams. It is harrowing and almost impossibly sad in places where he deals with the cruelty and inhumanity visited on innocent victims all over the world - including a desperately sad section about the psychological price he paid for his work. However, he tells it with such a calm compassionate voice that I just wanted to give him a hug at the end, though happily for him I'll leave that to his wife and kids. This book should be read by everyone especially any politicians who ever thinks war is an acceptable extension of politics. When you've finished the book treat yourself to his incredible Desert Island Discs podcast and then give your kids a hug. Finally, where's his knighthood? Come on guys, forget the celebrities and time servers and honour a true hero.

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Inspiring,sad and mind blowing

This book demonstrates the two extreme sides of humanity.On one side,brutal dictators,barbaric lunatics,sadistic regimes killing innocent civilians,women,children,elderlies indiscriminately versus a Saint or an angel called David Nott who dedicated his life and skills to saving lives and healing people and reducing the suffering.A truly inspiring story,a rare, brave and humble human being whose dedication to humanitarian work gives hope to future generations.Listening to the book read by the author himself was really a wonderful experience.if only this miserable world had several David Notts,humanity would be in a happier place.

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  • Catherine
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  • 15-03-19

Wow. This is incredible.

This is a quite alarming and excellent book by a quietly brilliant man. We are so lucky to have him. I have learnt so much and yes, whoever you are, do buy this book. Prepare to be left haunted, though.

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FANTASTIC!

An incredible story about a heroic human being. The world would be a better place with more people like David.

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Fantastic book

Absolutely amazing and in parts shocking insight into David's Life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and think every one should read this book to gain an appreciation of what it is like on the front line. An emotional rollercoaster.

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Inspiring

I am awed by the courage and dedication of Dr Nott in saving lives of those dreadfully injured in wars and natural disasters. How he managed to work for most of the 24 hours, day after day, week after week with the threat of death from bombs hanging over him as he performed intricate life-saving operations is utterly amazing. Not surprisingly his health and mental state suffered.

His story really brought home to me the suffering of civilians caught up in conflicts over which they have no control and at the mercy of perverted ideologies such as those of the Taliban and ISIS or leaders like Assad careless of his peoples' welfare only interested in maintaining power at any cost. Assad is all the more despicable as he trained a medical doctor yet allowed hospitals to be bombed and gassed in his relentless desire to keep a grip on power.

Much of the book made me feel depressed at the never-ending stream of wars and disasters and the evidence that so many people can become torturers and killers of their fellow human-beings. However, the dedication of the medical teams and humanitarian workers risking their lives to save others was an antidote the horrors.

Dr Nott tells a gripping and heart-breaking story in his own voice.

PS: I have little respect for the Honours system and learning that Dr Nott was only awarded an OBE makes a mockery of these honours when captains of industry, politicians and actors get Knighthoods.

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A remarkable book....

I finished listening to this book last night and to be honest I still have goosebumps thinking about the incredible people whose remarkable humanitarian work is so humbly articulated by this unique person, David Nott. This biography takes the listener to places that beggar belief in terms of the horrors of conflict from a medical viewpoint. There are few stories where in the face of unimaginable suffering, horrific wrong doings and insurmountable obstacles, an individual can make such a difference, allowing hope to remain where it has little right to. At times, the stories of men, women and particularly children caught up in conflicts and natural disasters around the world is harrowing. There are few chapters where colour wont drain from your face and tears well in your eye yet this is must 'read' book. Despair is tempered by moments of wonder at the surgical outcomes achieved, the personal sacrifices made by many, the camaraderie of medical teams and the power of love, both for individuals and humanity. I cannot praise this book and its author highly enough. Truly remarkable!

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A moving heroic tale

The story being told in this book is simply unbelievable. I cried at what people do to other people. I cried for the efforts of good people to help those affected by war or disaster. I have not come across a hero as Dr Nott. May his efforts be blessed.

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gripping

amazing story of bravery, determination. well written and well read. truly inspirational book of an individual's passion

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An inspirational man in a desperately cruel world

Mr David Nott is an incredible man and I am truly in awe of his bravery, tenacity and surgical skill. This book is not an easy listen as it describes a broken world, but there are some amazingly positive stories. I fully recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-03-19

Captivating, emotional, inspiring

I loved this book, could not stop listening to it. It's emotional, sometimes heart-warming, sometimes completely dark, but sincere and very human. It's inspiring to see what can be achieved and it gives comfort in times of hardship - by comparison, you will feel that day-to-day struggles fade in intensity and importance.
I'll end up loving the author - I am so glad people like this exist, they restore your faith in humanity.

It's a must read - it will change you for the better.