Dr Tony Redmond Frontline

One heroic doctor’s unflinchingly honest and visceral account of the impossible ethical choices required by medical emergencies.

Tony Redmond is one of the few truly good people you will ever meet.

His is a story of tireless hard work and astonishing bravery in the toughest of times. From being the doctor-in-charge after the Lockerbie bombing, to delivering aid amid gunfights in Sarajevo, Tony Redmond has spent 30 years amid refugee crises, earthquakes and disease outbreaks.

His raw, honest book takes the reader from the wards of Manchester’s Nightingale hospital to Kosovo, from Sierra Leone’s Ebola outbreak to Kashmir, and from Haiti to the Philippines, finding its author risking life and limb to help those affected by events beyond their control. A heartbreaking final humanitarian mission in the Philippines resulted in a broken spine for Tony.

Saving lives requires difficult choices: between the desire to relieve suffering and the need to weigh up the context. Too often medical aid is found wanting, doing more harm than good.

How are life-or-death choices made in the heat of the moment? What are the consequences of your action, or inaction? Is it better at times to do nothing? This is a frank account of the personal toll – physical, mental and social – frontline medicine levies on those who choose to do it.


Dr Tony Redmond will be in conversation with Kate Adie CBE

Kate was Chief News Correspondent for BBC News between 1989 and 2003 during which time she reported from war zones around the wold. She is presenter of From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4.


Praise for Tony Redmond

‘A true Humanitarian.’ David Nott, author of War Doctor

‘A stunning example of humanity in action.’ Kate Adie CBE

‘A brilliant insight into the too often forgotten heroes at the sharp end of humanitarian emergencies.’ Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

‘An impressive story of courage and compassion, at great personal risk ― and cost.' Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being

‘The vividly told story of a remarkable man. An inspiring book, full of humanity and goodness.’ Martin Sixsmith, author of Philomena and The Litvinenko File

'A brilliant book by a courageous medic at the perilous forefront of disaster medicine.' Professor Stephen Westaby, author of Fragile Lives


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Thursday 14th October 1.00pm


Dorford Centre, Bridport Road

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