Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Voice Behind the Mask
From the first page I was gripped by the terse yet compelling writing style of Doctor Lahoud.
And yet this is not a work of fiction, it is a factual book that details the extraordinary professional life of Dr Lahoud as he worked as an NHS anaesthetist.
However he also worked overseas as the personal physician to the Saudi Arabian Royal Family when he was employed for several years At the King Fahad Armed Forces Hospital in Jeddah.
He also spent time in Harvard University, Massachusetts, where he was an instructor in anaesthesia.
Some the stories are sad, some horrific and some amusing, but all are extremely well related by the author who has a keen eye for the absurd and with and the ability to relate these recollections to his readers!
How he saved a patient from bleeding on the operating table when two other doctors had, apparently, not been taught about the law of gravity, how he was able to demand, and get, a heater for the decrepit house that a hospital had provided him, his young wife and baby son.
Read how he thought he had accidentally detached an elderly patient's head, how he managed to successfully perform the role of a plastic surgeon, because one was just not available, how he had to deal with an unorthodox and xenophobic Scotish anaesthetist who had an incredibly short fuse and some bizarre methods of working.
George also touches on his own health problems in a straightforward and no nonsense fashion.
This book is a must buy Christmas present and at only £8.99 it will make an excellent gift for admirers of well-written memoirs and books about medical matters.
It is published by Matador and is available from our gift store at https://goo.gl/KUU3gK.