Seymour Gray's Beyond the Veil offers a refreshing and astonishing insight into the medical culture in
We discover how a state of the art hospital contributed to the spread of knowledge and medical education amongst a once largely nomadic people, and how demand for the best medical care in the world led sometimes to unjust treatment of the ex-pat healthcare workforce.
This book digs deep into Saudi morality, exploring sex and relationships, religion, business, partying, oil, and how a young royal family like to spend their money. Gray is very good at making us see how a Saudi assumes his position in the world. A turbulent shift is taking place in the minds of Saudis trying to cling onto religious values that are not fully compatible with the cultural, technological and political development that is stirring.
Published almost two decades prior to 9/11, it is refreshing to come across a narrative that takes an objective view at a country that was virtually unchanged for a thousand years before the discovery of black gold. Beyond the Veil is an easy read, and through Dr Gray’s experiences we learn a great deal about a country that is thought to be on the verge of a social revolution.