Holiday SOS: The Life-Saving Adventures of a Travelling Doctor by Ben MacFarlane and Neil Simpson
I must thank two people for this brilliant and refreshing read. Obviously, one is Doctor Ben MacFarlane. His job is to bring people back to Britain after holiday disasters, miscellaneous other scary incidents, and all the other things that can go wrong when we travel overseas. Holiday SOS is his story – a year in the life of a British flying doctor repatriating the sick, injured, mentally unwell, and the druggies (not counting the grandma who accidentally took one of her grand-daughter’s Ecstasy tabs) from all corners of the world.
The other is Neil Simpson who was the person who wrote the book confirmed in the author’s note from Dr. MacFarlane at the back of the book. I’m surprised Simpson doesn’t get a credit in the Amazon product listing
The tales veer from the serious, to funny, and the downright ridiculous all told in a style that’s so easy to read. The authors and the doctor deal with some frightening crises; some at 35,000 feet altitude in cramped conditions.
What truly comes over to the reader is the doctor’s humanity, his empathy to others, and of course his medical skills. He seems like the kind of guy I’d love to have a beer with, never mind treat me if he attends on me in a medical capacity.
It’s a fascinating, refreshing read and highly recommended.
I thank the authors and publisher, Thistle Publishing, for a free digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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