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A Doctor's War Paperback – 28 Apr 2006
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This is a fascinating account of an RAF medical officer's adventures and struggles during the Second World War. The explanation of how the dropping of the Nagazaki atom bomb literally saved his life is remarkable and is all told with both humour and dignity. --The Irish Post, July 5 2008
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Aidan McCarthy qualified as a doctor at Cork University in 1938. He joined the RAF in 1939, and in 1941 was awarded the George medal for rescuing a pilot from a blazing plane. After the war he was awarded the OBE for his prisoner-of-war work. He continued to serve in the medical branch of the RAF and in 1969 was appointed to command the RAF central medical establishment in London. He retired in 1972. Married in 1948 he had two daughters, one of whom now runs McCarthy's Bar in Castletownbere. He died in 1995.See all Product description
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Not that I needed reassurance, but this further strengthens my view that in giving his life, 6 months before I was born, my own father (who had volunteered to fly in Bomber Command at the age of 33) had paid a worthwhile price helping rid his generation of some great evils.
Especially in this year of significant anniversary of Remembrance Day it is important to be reminded of man's inhumanity to man & of the imperative to stop these recurring atrocities. Also it is important to remember that inner strength can prevail. What an amazing, though modest gentleman. The world is the poorer without him. I'm sad that I did not know of him while there was still time to praise him directly. This book should join a list of required reading for each succeeding generation. You will not enjoy reading this work, but you will be the richer for it.
In April 1964 I had the privilege as a young Medical Officer to be advised by, and train under Group captain Mac Carthy (as he was then) at RAF Freckleton, Lancashire. He was thoughtful and very kind to me, and was a shining example of what a Royal Air Force Medical Officer should be. It was only in January 2010 that I discovered that he had written this book, a copy of which I immediately obtained. It is a treasured possession.
The author tells a tale of hardship,imprisonment,hardship,torture,fortitude and valour. Doctor Aidan Mac Carthy came out of all this without any rancour or animosity towards the Japanese people. How anyone could come through all that he experienced and still remain normal, is a complete mystery, bur I can vouch for the fact that he was very normal. This is a very readable and enjoyable book.
Dr. Brendan Hogan,
A gripping read from start to finish - one simply cannot comprehend what Aidan MacCarthy went through. The account ranges from lighthearted to, at times horrific and even disturbing! For anyone who has read this - 'maggots' spring to mind! Ghastly!
Overall this is a must-have and I'm chuffed it's now so easily available again!
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