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War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line - David Nott

War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line - David Nott

Title: War Doctor

Author:  David Nott

ISBN:  9781509837021

Weight:  899g

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War Doctor by David Nott

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

David Nott is brave, compassionate and inspiring – War Doctor is all of those things and more: a wonderful book that has left me in floods of tears.  He needs a knighthood and his book needs to be in every house.

Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt

So powerful and honest.  Extraordinary.

Elizabeth Buchan author of The New Mrs Clifton

Incredible non-fiction filled with so much humanity.  You will never forget these stories.

Joanna Cannon, author of Three Things About Elsie

Bibliographic Info

TitleWar Doctor
Sub titleSurgery on the Front Line
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Awards and Media
Film adaptation

The Ink Factory is developing trauma surgeon David Nott’s acclaimed and bestselling memoir War Doctor, which details his experiences as a field doctor in the world’s most dangerous war zones and devastating humanitarian crises.

The deal for the film rights was brokered by Nicky Lund at David Higham with Yogita Puri at The Ink Factory, an indie studio based in London and Los Angeles – productions include ‘The Little Drummer Girl’ and ‘The Night Manager’.

The Ink Factory will finance and produce (Tom Nash) the feature, with Nott’s wife Eleanor serving as executive producer.

Media adaptationBBC Radio 4 Book of the Week: five 15-minute daily episodes at 9:45 a.m. from Monday 25 February 2019.
Book Stats
PublisherPan Macmillan
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781509837021
ISBN 101509837027
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)241 x 161 x 34mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket imageDavid Nott (front)
Jacket photographJason Alden / eyevine (back)

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