Dr. Gamini Goonetilleke, a General Surgeon in Sri Lanka for four decades, as you can glean from the book; has gained wide experience in managing war injuries, both in combat zones and in hospitals elsewhere, during the three-decade-long conflict in Sri Lanka. He is the only doctor from the South to have 'crossed borders' to enter rebel-controlled territory in the North, to work at the General Hospital, Jaffna, for short periods; and also, to teach and examine students of the Faculty of Medicine, Jaffna. Gamini is also the author of the book, 'In The Line of Duty'; the life and times of a surgeon in war and peace.
"A fascinating, well illustrated book, detailing the actions of a 'brave and bold' surgeon who followed the dictum "necessity is the mother of invention," and worked under sub-optimal conditions, sometimes in hostile territory, with the sole aim of saving the lives of those injured in battle. It not only teaches the practical aspects of war surgery, but also advocates professionalism! A good read, not only for medical students and doctors but also for all avid readers, especially those interested in narrations of life-threatening episodes, and the medical support provided in caring for them." ~ Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran Past President, British Medical Association
"The Extra Mile is a bridge of friendship in a war-torn situation in Sri Lanka, as seen through the eyes of a distinguished and empathetic surgeon, having a wealth of experience. It is not just about restoring the human body but also the healing of the greater society and the people, recounted with much suspense. The Extra Mile is a 'must-read' for anyone who wants to know more about what a patriotic surgeon can do, above and beyond his duties." ~ Prof. Ravi Goonetilleke International Author and Reviewer
"The Extra Mile is the dramatic story of this eminent surgeon's experiences across 40 years venturing far beyond the call of duty to serve in theatres of war, confronting heavy odds to save lives. Gritty yet compelling, it is profoundly moving in the lengths he has gone to, in his dedication to serve humanity, driven by his abiding faith in God. The Extra Mile is equally the story of the conflict that ripped this country apart for 30 years and the appalling misery it caused, seen first-hand through the eyes of a compassionate and caring Sri Lankan!" ~ The Sunday Times, Sri Lanka