For the last twenty five years, Professor David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his role as a Consultant Vascular and Trauma Surgeon in the NHS to work for aid agencies overseas.
As well as treating patients affected by conflict and catastrophe and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes, he also teaches advanced surgical skills to local medics and surgeons.
He joins Alex to talk about his experiences and his best selling memoir, War Doctor.
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Content warning: contains some scenes which listeners may find upsetting, with references to medical procedures, war injuries, depression, PTSD, end of life care and death
In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.
For more information on the David Nott Foundation, please go to https://davidnottfoundation.com