The deeply personal, and political, story of an extraordinary doctor - the man who received the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Dr. James Orbinski was the recipient of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize, on behalf of MSF. He is a Research Scientist and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Political Science at St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto. He is also a founder of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, a not-for-profit pharmaceutical research and development entity focused on the diseases of the South. He recently founded Dignitas, based in Malawi, an organization focused on community based treatment, care and prevention of HIV in the developing world. He lives in Canada but travels widely.
"An essential text for our dire times. Orbinski plunges into the heartbreak, the maelstrom, the moral dilemmas of the genocide territories of the world - Rwanda, Kosovo, Sudan - and finds there enough courage and redemption for us all to feel there is hope for our sad humanity." * Ariel Dorfman *
"In this complex era of massive abuses to human rights by governments in too many countries, it is surprising to read such a poignant book that describes, without fanfare, the constant ethical, moral and even legal dilemmas that those in the field must confront hundreds of times a day. Clarity, compassion and commitment are presented in spades in this book about those who are fighting the lack of political will that too often fails to prevent man's inhumanity to man." * L Gen Romeo Dallaire, author of Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda *
"James Orbinski has lived for years in the middle of the worst that humans can be, and somehow emerged with both his compassion and his desire to understand us intact...the stories he has to tell are some of the most powerful I have ever read" * Stephanie Nolen, author of 28: Stories of AIDS in Africa *
"In a narrative of grace and power, [Orbinski] displays the intense components of his remarkable life: integrity, compassion and principle" * Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and author of Race Against Time *
"This is not a book for the fainthearted...a searing account of the realities of war and the struggle to bring some humanitarian values and practical help to violent places. And it is written with huge passion....A tale for our times" -- Kate Adie * Mail on Sunday *