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Publisher Description

The Sunday Times No.1 Bestseller

‘Brave, compassionate and inspiring – it left me in floods of tears’ Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt

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.

David Nott
hr min
February 21
Pan Macmillan

Customer Reviews

KR999000 ,

Fantastic read

I will try never to complain about having a bad day at work again. Not for the faint hearted. Absolutely wonderful story and a total inspiration. Thanks for sharing this amazing story

anniejohnz ,

Moving beyond words

Fascinating & brutally honest view of the devastation war has on the innocent. The dedication David Nott has to these communities is truly heroic. Great read!

occor64 ,

Humbling , gripping , emotional ,simply put awesome

Everyone should read this book . War is pointless and this book exemplifies the stupidity of it . Mans inhumanity against man is balanced by Mr Notts attempt to heal when he can using techniques that is now taught to other war doctors. I just hope i never need a war doctor , but I now know who to ask for if I do . Respect ✊ Mr Nott 👍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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