A Doctor's War (Ulverscroft Large Print) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 May 2006
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Engrossing, uplifting, especially riveting read --The Irish Times
This book is an epic --Sir Dennis Spotswood, Marshal of the RAF
His description is terrifying but fascinating --Air Marshal Sir William Cole --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.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.
As a prisoner of war for several years, he bravely and doggedly faces a Japanese diet of scorn, deprivation and brutality, whilst seeking opportunities to practice his profession for the benefit of his fellow-captives.
He is torpedoed, his ship sunk, is rescued by the Japanese, leaps overboard again to escape a beating, is rescued again and is very nearly thrown back into the sea for a third time.
He ends up in Nagasaki where he survives the atomic bomb and lives to welcome and be rescued by the Americans in 1945.
Along the road, he witnesses incredible acts of courage and patriotic self-sacrifice, as well as understandable savagery, on the part of his fellow prisoners.
Yet his reflections contain little of rancour for his Japanese captors who treated him and his colleagues so abominably.
A lasting impression is the meticulous planning that went into post-invasion Japan - in stark contrast to post-invasion Iraq.
I was delighted to find that it had been brought back into print as when I previously tried to source it I was informed that my best bet was to try second hand book shop.
The book though small crams so much into it. It is succinct and to the point. Many other authors who if they went through the same experiences could have made this into two or three volumes. This is in itself tribute to a very brave and humble man.
I have currently loaned this edition to a friend who told me he can't put it down.
A must read.
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,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing true story, incredible ability of the human spirit to endure against all possible odds.Published 20 days ago by Mary Harmon
Saw the film in Cork and ordered the book on return home. Exactly written to the film so no no extra info but still a great story of forgiveness and redemptionPublished 7 months ago by noracarena
A friend recommended this book and it is an excellent account. Well worth reading. Dr McCarthy tells his story through the WW2 which includes his time in Japanese prisoner of war... Read morePublished 9 months ago by T. Franke
This forthright and almost incredible account of the wartime experiences of a RAF Doctor is a must. I could not put it down. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing book on the travels and travails of DR.MacCarthy during the second world war.Unbelievable how he survived some of the episodes especially torpedoed near Japan. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mike o'connor
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