War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line

Abrams. Mar. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781419744242. $26. MED
Nott, a consultant surgeon who specializes in general and vascular surgery, chronicles over two decades of conducting emergency surgeries in war-torn areas without traditional surgical tools and resources, aiming to shed light on the tragic violence plaguing millions of people in places like Syria, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. Nott crafts an unforgettable and moving narrative about perseverance and resilience in dangerous and challenging conditions, masterfully blending his personal experience with a compelling call to end violence. The author lends a personal, compassionate, and suspenseful voice to warzone reporting, similar to Jeremy Bowen’s War Stories, and offers intimate insights on treating patients, including those who have committed heinous crimes. Even readers familiar with the perilous conditions facing clinicians providing medical treatment on the front lines will be in awe of Nott’s heroic, life-saving work.
VERDICT Surgeons in training and those looking for a fly-on-the-wall perspective of nontraditional treatment centers in violence-stricken areas will find themselves fully engaged in Nott’s firsthand accounts.

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