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Surgeon at War 1935 - 45

WWII was the last time Western surgeons had to operate on the front-line, in make-shift theatres in shelled buildings and tents. Stanley Aylett's skill and bravery in fighting to save wounded men whilst battle raged around them is astounding. But this is more than a story of human courage and endurance - it reveals the passions of a young mansearching for love, dealing with the shock of war and the frustrating incompetence of his superiors and becoming a man in the harshest environment of all. This is one of the most complete and expansive war testimonies ever written, sweeping across six years experiencing Dunkirk, Egypt, the D-Day landings, Sandbostel concentration camp and much else besides.
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Stanley Osborn Aylett, MBE, FRCS (1911 2003), won an open scholarship to King s College Hospital, graduating with first-class honors in Physiology in 1932 and in Medicine in 1935. After six years serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps he went on to become a distinguished consultant surgeon, known for the fastest fingers in the trade, and specializing in the inflammatory bowel disease colitis, for which he pioneered a revolutionary treatment. He was Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons and a member of the Academie de Chirurgie Francaise, among other distinctions. He published widely in his field and for his services in opening up Sandbostel concentration camp he received the French Croix d Honneur. After the war he regularly returned to France, for whose people he felt a great affinity."

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