Surgery on the Shoulders of Giants is a heart-wrenching but ultimately uplifting collection of letters written during the medical travels of Saqib Noor, a surgeon in training and a doctor passionate about healthcare in impoverished areas of the world.

Saqib qualified from Nottingham Medical School in 2004 and subsequently has embarked on a career in orthopaedic surgery. The events in the book are described in real time, beginning in South Africa with a series of personal and vivid letters, and continues over a ten year span in various countries and settings.

The writings describe the disasters of the Haiti earthquake and the unprecedented Pakistan floods of 2010 as well as travels to South Africa, Cambodia, Ethiopia and Myanmar.

The letters reveal the immense complexities and challenges of medical work in austere environments as well as the emotional toll it takes on all involved. The stories are filled with sadness yet inspired by hope and truly promote an underlying faith in the goodness of the human condition.

The book is recommended for anyone wanting a terrifically unique human insight into medical care during disasters and the health challenges facing some of the poorest parts of the world.

These letters are likely to stay with the reader many years after they have been read.

Book reviews

“An inspiration and source of solace for anyone walking a similar path” – Dominique Vervoort
“This book is not only for surgeons but sociologists, journalists, and essential reading for every medical student” – Michael Lawrence, World Orthopaedic Concern
“It is great to learn such powerful messages from a younger colleague and I will take these messages with me forever” – Tony Clayson, Consultant orthopaedic surgeon
“The most incredible book ….”
“Who would expect a dedicated doctor to write of his experiences with a poet’s heart?”
“Breathtaking and riveting read, far more emotional, impactful and in some ways, more insightful than Gawande’s books!”

About the giveaway (time limited!)

One.Surgery will have this page open for a limited time only on Global Surgery Day 2020, where readers can request a virtual book signing by Saqib Noor – a full, complete colour PDF copy of the book, along with a personalised note from the author will be delivered to your e-mail (after processing).

There are no hidden catches, no untoward data collection, no spams, no scams.

One.Surgery is dedicated to global surgery and believes this book will help enlighten all those who read it on the plight of the millions of people worldwide without access to safe surgery.

Our privacy policy and terms and conditions found on our website apply to this promotion and One.Surgery reserves the right to change the conditions or cancel the promotion at any time.

[This promotion has now ended]

Unfortunately, this promotion has now ended. We would like to thank all those who participated, there was a great response and Dr. Saqib Noor will now be penning electronic signatures to give you all individualized electronic copies of the book. Please allow him 1-2 weeks to get back to you, and in the meantime, do check your spam and junk mail folders regularly.

We will announce on this page when all e-books have been officially sent out!