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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line


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The #1 internationally bestselling, gripping true story of a frontline trauma surgeon operating in the world's most dangerous war zones

For more than 25 years, surgeon David Nott has volunteered in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict 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 metropolitan hospital. Nott is now widely acknowledged to be the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world. War Doctor is his extraordinary story, encompassing his surgeries in nearly every major conflict zone since the end of the Cold War, as well as his struggles to return to a “normal” life and routine after each trip. At times, Nott’s riveting memoir reads like a travelogue of the world’s cruelty—he has volunteered in Afghanistan, Congo, Darfur, Gaza, Iraq, Libya, Sierra Leone, and Yemen—but it’s also an uplifting and deeply compassionate story about the brave medical professionals trying to combat evil and heal their patients despite the terrible circumstances.
Culminating in his recent trips to war-torn Syria—and the untold story of his efforts to help evacuate some 50,000 people from Aleppo—War Doctor is a heart-stopping and moving blend of medical memoir, personal journey, and nonfiction thriller that provides unforgettable, at times raw, insight into the human toll of war.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419747991
Publisher: Abrams Press
Publication date: 03/09/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 307,338
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Nott is a consultant surgeon, specializing in general and vascular surgery. He has also volunteered to work in disaster and war zones for over two decades. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction Henry Marsh xiii

1 The Bomb Factory 1

2 Two Epiphanies 17

3 Welcome to Sarajevo 37

4 Damage Control 55

5 Flying In 73

6 Under African Skies 89

7 Trauma School 115

8 Return to Syria 133

9 Sniper City 155

10 Lifeline 187

11 The Razor's Edge 211

12 Physician, Heal Thyself 235

13 Escape from Aleppo 251

Afterword Eleanor Nott 275

Acknowledgments 281

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