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Damien Brown, a young Australian doctor, thinks he's ready when he arrives for his first posting with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Africa. But the town he's sent to is an isolated outpost of mud huts, surrounded by landmines; the hospital, for which he's to be the only doctor, is filled with malnourished children and conditions he's never seen; and the health workers - Angolan war veterans twice his age and who speak no English - walk out on him following an altercation on his first shift.

In the months that follow, Damien confronts these challenges all the while dealing with the social absurdities of living with only three other volunteers for company. The medical calamities pile up - a leopard attack, a landmine explosion, and having to perform surgery using tools cleaned on the fire being among them - but it's through Damien's evolving friendships with the local people that his passion for the work grows.

Band-Aid for a Broken Leg is a powerful, sometimes heart-breaking, often funny, always honest and ultimately uplifting account of life on the medical frontline in Angola, Mozambique and South Sudan. It is also a moving testimony of the work done by medical humanitarian groups and the extraordinary and sometimes eccentric people who work for them.

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Band-Aid for a Broken Leg
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Band aid for a broken leg
May 16th, 2015
Enthralling view of the other side of life and medicine in remote and dangerous places that the average person can never comprehend unless they are brave or adventurous enough to try - or maybe just a little mad.
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Bandaid for a broken leg
April 16th, 2015
I loved the book, MSF great organisation. Dr Damien Brown a special person. More books by him please. Damien has a captivating writing style
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Band-Aid for a broken leg
April 14th, 2015
I read this book because I simply wanted to understand what MSFand similar aid agencies actualy did and how it is brought together and organised. I learned a lot. And it's food for thought.
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Just read it.
May 3rd, 2014
Interesting writing style. You can imagine him telling you the story. His frank, honest account of life on mission was a heartrending, gripping, fascinating insight into what it really is like living in a developing country. We take so much for granted.
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Just read it.
May 3rd, 2014
Interesting writing style. You can imagine him telling you the story. His frank, honest account of life on mission was a heartrending, gripping, fascinating insight into what it really is like living in a developing country. We take so much for granted.
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Honest gripping storytelling
February 9th, 2014
Damien gives an honest but entertaining account of his time in Africa with MSF. Despite the frustrations and failures, it is clear that the experience still motivated him to do good in the world and that he still has hour about one person's ability to make a difference. However, the book also highlights the need for longer term solutions the bandaid to hold everything together in the moment.
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Band aid for a broken leg
January 12th, 2014
Eye-opening, heartwarming, sad and inspirational....all rolled into one! a great read
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Great read
March 18th, 2013
Great to have my eyes opened to what is important in life. Racing about people who need basic things in life I found to be highly emotive. Damien did a wonderful job! He had me crying and laughing through out! Thank you for showing me a life I could not even begin to imagine!
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