Doctors, nurses, medics, and stretcher-bearers must venture wherever someone is injured and the cry for assistance goes up. Their job is to put themselves in the heart of danger – to risk their own lives as they try to save the dying.
War at its rawest is their domain, an ugly place of shattered bodies, severed limbs and death. They fulfil society’s vital pledge to its warriors that they will not be abandoned on the battlefield. Yet, more often than not, what they do goes unnoticed – except by those who survive because of their extraordinary courage and skill. This is the story of those brave men and women who go to war armed with bandages not bombs, and put saving life above taking life.
©2009 John Nichol and Tony Rennell (P)2010 Soundings
This book was never boring. The first hand statements and stories woven into a wealth of information was so well done. The performance was fabulous. I'll listen to this one again.
"Good for historians and medics alike"
I enjoy military history and in that regard this book is excellent.
I'm also interested in medicine, especially pre-hospital care, and again this book excels.
If you're interested in the history of military medicine this book is going to be right up your alley!
I had a hard time getting out of my car because I just wanted to keep listening!
A Powerful and very moving account of how medical treatment for the wounded combat solder has evolved over recent times. Packed full of personal accounts. The narrator brings out the very best of an already excellent book. This book will pull on your emotions, but will leave you with a sense of overwhelming pride for the medics and those injured service personel who serve in our military.
"Compelling and accurate"
Compelling narrative concerning history and development of medical care from point of injury to rehabilitation and recovery. A must for anyone considering a career as military medic or just interested in pre hospital care in extraordinary circumstances.
"One of the best books ever."
The title of this book may be a bit dull, but the stories of these brave Men and Women in what may be the worst time in their lives is nothing short of amazing. From the Second World War right up to current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan this book tell of the trials and tribulations of being a medic be they Doctor or enlisted soldier they all play their part. Well worth listening to.
No I haven't
Parts of the story, because it is about real life are very moving but other parts show the Irrepressible spirit of the service men and women
"Some good stories"
Some good stories but rather long and repetitive. I got bored and didn't finish the book.
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