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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 lifesaving operations in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major metropolitan hospital. He is now widely acknowledged ...more
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Published 2019 by Picador
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Petra-X
I thought this book was going to be the first all-gold 10 star of the year, but it has too many flaws. The author always presents himself as on the 'right' side of the conflict and he goes to many conflicts in Africa, the Middle East (mostly), that the other side are the worst kind of beasts to roam the earth, and with ISIS this is certainly true.

But... then he says that Hamas is a properly elected government (it held a single election back in 2007) and not a terrorist organisation and ignores
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India Clamp
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine, operating while shrapnel flies, in the open and sometimes when you look up from the surgical table you find your nurse and anesthetist have abandoned their post. This is the “schwarz welt” where Dr. David Nott exists for a time to bring mercy, healing and safeguarding up to ten lives a day in Syria. Is “sapienta superat morus” his mantra?

War and Dr. Nott---sans personal life---describes its sanguine tragedy of a baby being rescued from a building with a crushed arm and part of its
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Nat
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2019
Such a hard-hitting book written by one of the most heroic people I have ever come across.

What. A. Guy.

(The writing itself is 4 stars but the lasting impression it gives makes it a 5 star book)
Rebecca
Welsh surgeon David Nott combines advanced technical skills with extreme altruism: for weeks of every year he takes unpaid leave to volunteer with a medical charity like Médecins sans Frontières or Syria Relief in war zones or disaster areas around the world. The kinds of procedures he has performed in Sarajevo, Kabul and Darfur are a world away from his normal work as an NHS consultant in London: amputations, treating injuries caused by homemade bombs, and delivering the babies of young rape ...more
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week:
David Nott, the frontline trauma surgeon reads from his memoir about working in some of the world's most dangerous conflicts.

For over twenty-five years, David Nott, has taken time off from his job as a vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in war zones and areas impacted by natural disasters. Together with his compassion and a desire to help others, his skills on the operating table have saved countless lives, and he now trains others in the techniques he
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Bettie
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC listeners


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000...

Description: 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
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Laura
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
This was such an emotionally charged read, and one that I recommend everyone has a copy of. I’ve read lots of similar books this year but none quite like this; the author is an NHS doctor but volunteers himself, unpaid, to work in some of the most dangerous areas of the world, taking care of casualties of war whether that be newborn babies to Isis soldiers.

The author documents with searing honesty the realities of his work and how he spent countless hours only yards from fighting in the Middle
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ST
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible.

What an amazing man, it blows my mind the places he’s been and the things he’s done in the most terrifying of war zones.

Told in a truly accessible way. I have more understanding of the issues in some of these conflicts globally through this than through many news reports.

Incredible career, inspiring read
Jackie Law
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In a growing field of medical memoirs War Doctor stands out for its purpose – to increase awareness of the reality of modern warfare on the individuals and communities directly affected. The author has volunteered his services as a trauma surgeon in active war zones including: Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Gaza and Syria. He pulls no punches in his descriptions of the horrific injuries and personal ...more
Tom Carr
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In early 2016, I was over at a family friend's house for dinner. I'm going to call them the D's for short. Mr and Mrs D are doctors based in central London. One is a professor for the Royal College of Surgeons, the other is a senior consultant at the royal free and Chelsea and Westminster hospitals.
I think, anyway. It's hard for me to understand exactly what they do as doctors and surgeons tend to stratify in order to help the greatest amount of patients, therefore the answer they give to what
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Shahiron Sahari
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent and gripping book written by a genuine humanitarian and true-life superhero. David Nott is a Welsh surgeon who has, since he qualified, been dropping everything at the drop of a hat to work in war zones, saving the lives of countless poor souls unlucky enough to be caught in some of the worst conflicts of our time.
One of the worst situations he writes about, and which he brought to attention on British TV, was the time he and his fellow surgeons noticed that casualties were coming
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david richards
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Remarkable and inspiring

I'm a UK consultant surgeon of 20 years and I have heard David talk on 2 occasions. The first was in Glasgow at a trauma symposium. It was probably the best hour of any meeting I have ever been to. You could hear a pin drop as David explained the full horror of Aleppo. The second was at the Manchester Medical Society with another talk on a the trauma of war injuries. As a Manchester graduate myself it was an easy decision to buy this book. I read it in 2 sittings over a
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Jordanna Zetter
Fantastic book. A great insight into some of the biggest conflicts of our life time but from a different view point. Written excellently showcasing the real emotional and moral struggles that arise. Dr David Knott is an incredible person and his story is equally as brilliant.
Lanxin (Alex)
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The book takes you on a loose journey across countries where few people have the courage and ability to venture. Written in a simple and accessible prose, this very personal voice aims to share the harrowing and distressing experiences of a volunteer doctor at some of the most extreme frontlines. It is rather sad but the book still had some moments of joy scattered along for comfort and hope.
Throughout the whole book, and especially the last chapter, Nott showcases the sad limits society still
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Kelly Long
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
What an incredible book written by an amazing doctor! He writes of the realities of being a surgeon in the midst of war and it sent shivers down my spine. Honest and raw writing. Excellent book.
Katie
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredible man with an astonishing story. Presents the best and worst of humanity. Everyone should read it. I am in awe, he is a wonderful human being.
Caitlin Renouf
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most heart-wrenchingly moving book I have ever read. Both devastating and inspiring; a truly gripping piece of writing.
Robyn (FailFish)
"War Doctor" is a medical memoir by the trauma and vascular surgeon David Nott, chronicling his trips to practice trauma medicine in disaster and conflict zones from 1993 to the present. It's an honest, unflinching recollection of the horrors and realities of war and the reasons people volunteer there. Altruism will only get you so far - to really succeed, you need to thrive on the adrenaline rush of near-death.

Medical non-fiction is a growth area - people are fascinated by how the body works
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Julie
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr David Nott is one of those special people who is not only having a busy life working in three London hospitals as a General and Vascular surgeon, but spends weeks each year volunteering to go into war zones to share his expertise. His experiences especially in Syria are pretty harrowing to read, as his descriptions of the wounded and injured are pretty descriptive. Putting himself at immense risk, you have to admire these brave who doctors and nurses who enter these war zones to help ...more
Ellie
From war zones to natural disasters, vascular surgeon David Nott has volunteered his time to treat the victims in some of the most dangerous places on Earth. His memoir covers just some of his life-long work and the challenges faced in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur, Congo, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Gaza, Syria, Haiti and Nepal.

This book broke me. David has treated the victims of some of the worst acts humans can do to one another. He spends a considerable portion of this book talking
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Alice Mc
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Extraordinary man and memoir. David Nott is an NHS surgeon who has devoted huge amounts of his time to carrying out trauma surgery in disaster-stricken countries across the globe, often at great personal risk and cost. The scope of this book is from the surgical intricacies of operating on trauma injuries, to the practicalities of working in some of the most dangerous places in the world, with a narration of the wider political systems and events behind the wars and unrest. As well as a ...more
Tara Jones
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this on audible and found myself in the car going the long way round so I could listen more. He is utterly an inspiration. A hugely talented surgeon and a gifted writer with an enormous dose of Derry do and absolute humanity.

What he has achieved in his life is truly incredible and puts so much perspective on some of the minor trials and tribulations the rest of us get in a tizzy about. I feel inspired and humbled after reading this.
Markus  Mühlberg
Fantastic read. An almost unbelievable autobiography by one the most heroic and selfless figures in the medical field. Dr David Nott describes his journey from a childhood spent on the lush plains of Welsh countryside to operating on people in need on concrete slabs in Africa, disaster-struck Haiti, war-torn Aleppo under siege and so many more areas where such aid was in desperate need. This is a powerful book that shows an interesting dichotomy - the complete disregard of human life and ...more
Hornthesecond
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book a real eye-opener giving a different perspective on the wars and extreme humanitarian crises you read about in the newspaper or see on the news. The book describes behaviour which can well be described as heroic, but in a manner that I didn't find was self-serving. For example, I'm not at all sure I'd get on well with the author if I were stuck in a lift with him, although he would certainly have my respect. This book made me cry more than once, and I should warn contains ...more
F.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gripping, emotional, heartbreaking, uplifting. I feel exhausted after reading this. David Notts, consultant surgeon, has worked in most war and crisis areas in the world. A true humanitarian, he takes unpaid leave to travel to the most dangerous places to help people and train doctors. He also freely admits to the thrill of the danger.

Each chapter tells of a different mission. Each is absolutely fascinating.

The surgery is described in fascinating detail. I kept being reminded that closing your
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Wanda
Mar 02, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wanda by: Bettie☯ 
2 MAR 2019 - recommendation through Dear Bettie. Many Thanks.

David Nott, the frontline trauma surgeon reads from his memoir about working in some of the world's most dangerous conflicts.

For over twenty-five years, David Nott, has taken time off from his job as a vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in war zones and areas impacted by natural disasters. Together with his compassion and a desire to help others, his skills on the operating table have saved countless lives, and he now trains
...more
Carol Ralfe
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a harrowing story of Doctors on the front line. David Nott has the ability to bring to the forefront the suffering of innocent civilians (many of them young children ).

A thought provoking and sad tale of what our world has become.
Bethany Kirkbride
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Equal parts fascinating and devasting. Nott has a natural reportage style which makes you feel like you're in the trenches with him, witnessing some of the most catastrophic crimes against some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Incredible.
Silvian
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best and most compelling books I've read in a very long time. Absolute legend of a surgeon.
KM
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That’s a chronicle of true hero, and a heartbreaking depiction of war.
And a better lesson to remember than Hippocrates’ Oath (in case you’re doctors or medical students).
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David Malcolm Nott (born 1956) is a Welsh consultant surgeon who works mainly in London hospitals as a general and vascular surgeon, but also volunteers to work in disaster and war zones and also organises training for others in this emergency work. He has been honoured for this dangerous work and is now often styled the "Indiana Jones of surgery".
“It was very difficult not to get involved in the reality of the experience for the people on the ground, whose lives were being torn apart. I felt for them keenly. The citizens of Sarajevo were lovely people who had not harmed anyone, yet were being harmed. I did not know them or their past lives, but they were very vulnerable and it is the vulnerability of human life that - when it is stripped down to its basics - makes us all the same.” 0 likes
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