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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

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Amazing read

It's incredible to learn more about medical history and the way soldiers have been looked upon through time. Even more so about the overs keeping them alive. Really an inspiring book, and add an Australian it is really interesting to see the difference between the services of purity countries, especially the lessons learnt, but not shared with allies. I highly recommend this, especially for anyone considering service or a medical career.

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pretty damn good

very well writen and resourced/researched. didn't take long to read. lots learnt about past wars

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  • Mrs. P.
  • 11-07-2013

Great Read!

What did you love best about Medic?

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.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-08-2010

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!

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  • Kristal Clement
  • 20-09-2019

Fully recommend.

This is an amazing book. Brilliant look into the history of military medics and the stories of a few in more recent conflicts. Makes it all real and is told in a clear and realistic way. I recommend it fully.

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  • Ian
  • 02-08-2010

Brilliant

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-10-2020

Brilliant book and couldn’t have chosen a better reader!

This book was absolutely fascinating, I couldn’t stop listening. Anyone would find this book interesting I would say, it’s emotionally raw and written from the first hand experiences of medics on the battlefield journaling for their own sanity. An ideal book for anyone with an interest in first aid, medicine and experience of war, but everyone should hear the experiences in this book to truly appreciate and try to understand even slightly what those who fought for this country went through to get to where we are now.

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  • Sean Templeton
  • 01-10-2020

Solid interesting read/listen

Well written accurate and interesting book, not all blood and gore, appropriate for medical types and non medical types alike. Couple of dodgy accents though.

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  • John
  • 28-04-2016

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.

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  • Phil
  • 08-07-2013

One of the best books ever.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Michael Tudor Barnes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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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

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  • Alistair
  • 25-08-2010

Some good stories

Some good stories but rather long and repetitive. I got bored and didn't finish the book.

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