He grew up in London and went to live in Israel at the age of 17. After medical school he served in the Israeli Defence Forces as a soldier, a trainee helicopter pilot and finished his service as a military doctor in the anti-terrorist unit.
In 1991, having tired of Middle East politics, he returned to the UK and embarked on his career in Emergency Medicine. Throughout his career, he has been active as a volunteer doctor, responding for the ambulance service to offer advanced medical assistance at difficult scenes. He joined his first air ambulance unit in 2003 and went on to become the medical lead for three air ambulances in the West Midlands. He left this role in 2008 and continues to fly as a doctor with a new air ambulance unit in Bristol.
This book talks a lot about flying helicopters, all very interesting. The places they have to land, virtually anywhere where there is a flat surface free from overhead obstacles, the different emergencies that they attend, the reception they get when they arrive, sometimes hostile, and the fight to save lives using the drugs and equipment which they carry with them. I didn't know much about the work before I read this, but now I know it's not just a case of landing, strapping the patient into a cradle, and rushing them into hospital. The treatment they administer at the scene is literally a case of life or death. There is lots of, 'on the edge of your seat', drama.
I couldn't find a video with Tony in it, but this is pretty interesting. It has been made as an appeal. Air Ambulance relies entirely on donations, whether it be from giant corporations or private individuals.
If you find real life drama more fascinating than the made up stuff, you'll like this book. I recomend it.