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Band-aid for a Broken Leg

Damien Brown is a twenty-nine-year-old Australian doctor, inexperienced but motivated by a strong desire to help, when he arrives in Angola - an impoverished, war-torn country in south west Africa - for a six-month posting with Medecins Sans Frontieres. It's his first stint with the organisation, and he thinks he's ready.
Band-aid for a Broken Leg
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Damien Brown is a twenty-nine-year-old Australian doctor, inexperienced but motivated by a strong desire to help, when he arrives in Angola - an impoverished, war-torn country in south west Africa - for a six-month posting with Medecins Sans Frontieres. It's his first stint with the organisation, and he thinks he's ready. 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 encountered; and the health workers, a group of fifty-something-year-old African war veterans who speak only Portuguese - a language Damien doesn't understand - walk off following an altercation on his first shift. During the months that follow, Damien confronts the personal and professional challenges of life in such an alien context, all the while dealing with the social absurdities of living with only three other volunteers for company.
Medical calamities account for the highs and lows of day-to-day life - a leopard attack, a landmine explosion, and having to perform surgery using tools cleaned on the fire being among the many examples - but it's through Damien's evolving friendships with the health workers, formerly his biggest challengers, that his empathy and understanding grows. Band-aid for a Broken Leg is vivid, honest, funny and full of humanity.
Damien Brown is an Australian doctor who began writing seriously after his last humanitarian posting, encouraged by readers of a blog he kept while working in Africa.
Author
Damien Brown
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Year
2012
ISBN-10
1743310218
ISBN-13
9781743310212
Format
Paperback
Imprint
Allen & Unwin
Place of Publication
Sydney
Country of Publication
Australia
DEWEY
900.00
Subtitle
Being a Doctor with No Borders (and Other Ways to Stay Single)
Short Title
BAND-AID FOR A BROKEN LEG
Language
English
Media
Book
Pages
352
Publication Date
2012-06-06
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