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The Combat Doctor: A Story of Battlefield Medicine and Resilience
Released the same day as the standard print edition
The Combat Doctor: A Story of Battlefield Medicine and Resilience
Written by:
Dan Pronk 
Read by:
Dan Pronk 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
9 hours 53 minutes 
August 30 2022 
Available Date:
August 30 2022 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Autobiography; Memoirs 
Bolinda/Macmillan Australia 
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NZD$ 34.95
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Australian author

The Combat Doctor is an extraordinary story of resilience and growth, and a tribute to the doctors and medics working behind the scenes in conflict around the world.

'I had seen dozens of people die horrible deaths ... This time was different. This time it was a friend of mine dying in the dirt in front of me, and it was my job to save him.' Dr Dan Pronk served on over 100 combat missions in Afghanistan as a frontline special forces combat doctor, where the casualties he treated were his fellow SAS soldiers and commandos, local civilians and even the enemy. The thrill of adventure and the challenges of battlefield medicine brought out the very best in Dan – he discovered a sense of purpose in pushing his medical skills and courage to the limits. But there was a cost. In this frank and vivid memoir, Dan describes the highs and lows of his military–medical career, and the very real toll they took on his mental health and family life. He writes movingly about the burden of saving – and failing to save – friends and comrades, the feelings of helplessness and despair that haunted him, and the journey back to a meaningful and fulfilling civilian life.

'A fascinating account of what it is like to go into battle, and the unseen mental battles that arise from the experience. Honest and inspiring. I loved it.'
Hamish Blake, Australian comedian

'The Combat Doctor is both a participant and an observer – of skill, courage, death and growth from the traumatic aftermath of war. Step out of your comfort zone, accept the challenge to a better person.'
Dr Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial

'Dan's memoir of his time as a combat doctor, saving lives and at times losing them in the midst of battle, offers a rare, heartfelt perspective of the best, bravest and worst of humanity – but one we all benefit from hearing.'
Merrick Watts, Australian comedian