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Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: Letters from a doctor abroad Paperback – April 27, 2017
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Interspersed with accounts of the local history and cultures, Noor’s letters are filled with heartfelt emotions and hints of wittiness. The vivid descriptions and smart use of analogies and adverbs make the reader feel as if they were there themselves, sharing the struggles, but also the messages of hope the book brings. Despite the long way still left to go to achieve access to safe and affordable surgical care for everyone, everywhere, and the ongoing cruelty in war zones and beyond, “Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants” gives a message of hope. Hope for a better future, and hope for humanity. Noor's letters show his personal growth, genuine empathy and endless commitment, which will undoubtedly make him a future “Giant” -as he describes his local mentors in the countries he worked in- an inspiration and source of solace for anyone walking a similar path.
“Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants: Letters from a Doctor Abroad” is an enriching book for all readers alike. The descriptions of the sad reality, but also the beauties and treasures of the people and countries he visited, and the inspiring accounts of the unsung heroes working endlessly in developing countries leave no reader untouched, but filled with hope.