It is a pleasant and rare discovery to find a book that not only entertains, but also educates. Such is the case with Dr. Chang’s thoroughly engaging work, Scalpel in the Sand, which primarily focuses on his memoirs of being a surgeon in Saudi Arabia. While I expected to learn something of the middle eastern culture, I was additionally treated to a wealth of easy to understand medical procedures and processes ranging from transplants to diagnostics. As a bonus, Dr. Chang includes his personal family background, his experiences in pursuit of a medical degree in London, and the circumstances that enabled him to spend a decade in Saudi Arabia to become a gifted surgeon and physician. I highly recommend this to others to read it for enjoyment and to learn something new!