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7 December 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual book the core of which is provided by Norman Jewell's vivid personal memoirs. Beginning as a captain in the British Army, he chronicles his experiences in the East African campaign and his work as a medical officer under the most challenging of conditions. He survives life-threatening experiences to look back in an affectionate and respectful way upon those he worked with and for. Painstakingly compiled from diaries and richly illustrated, the book captures the finest details of his working life and war experiences in an engagingly modest way. I listened to his authentic voice with something approaching envy for few of us can live such rich lives. Norman Jewell was plainly a remarkable man but I was grateful to learn something of his wife Sydney and her family also. For anyone interested in the Great War and the history of colonial medicine, this is a 'must read.' (Excellent value too!)
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