Book Review | War Doctor

Title: War Doctor – Surgery on the Front Line

Author: David Nott

Ravaged by terror the war stories of Afghanistan, Yemen, Africa, Syria have been brought to the other parts of the world mostly by soldiers, survivors, and reporters. Here, in this book, you hear it from the point of view of a doctor desperately trying to save the broken pieces of men, women, and children caught up amidst the worst of humanity.

“The boy’s death turned me into a person marked by war: it was the Sarajevo equivalent of a campaign medal, although not one to wear with pride.

War Doctor is a hard-hitting account written by Davit Nott with true compassion for humanity and his profession as a doctor. Dr. Nott, who is regarded as one of the best trauma surgeons in the world, works at a UK hospital and has volunteered with NHS in some of the world’s most dangerous conflict zones for over two decades. This memoir has accounts of the lifesaving operations done by him under the most hostile conditions, in the absence of resources typically available in a London hospital.  There are passages after passages describing in great graphical details about the injuries, the state in the operating room and the steps of the operations being carried out on the helpless people brought in. The book follows individual stories that are harrowing yet fantastic, heart-wrenching yet eye-opening of people in places we completely forget about.

This book is an incredible example of true dedication toward one’s profession with an extraordinary drive to help people, which doesn’t come easily to anyone. An important read if you want to understand the true extent of trauma and devastation modern warfare inflict on the innocent.

Goodreads Rating: 4.6/5

Amazon Rating: 4.7/5


2 Comments Add yours

  1. My 18 year old read this last year and it is on my shelf to read. Great review.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Neha says:

      Thanks! Let me know your opinion of the book 🙂


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