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Dr. Said Nasr, ...
Dr. Said Nasr, MD
Consultant Pediatric Neurology
The Ambassadors - PROFILE - Vol.2, Issue 2 (April 1999)
In the years since his medical qualification, the Egyptian paediatritian Dr. Said Nasr has been excavating for a common thread between his highly technical occupation and his most treasured hobby.
To many, the very name of Dr.Nasr’s specialty is daunting.
As an electroencephalographer, his
job is to administer and interpret the electric readings of the brain, diagnose his
patients’ ailments and construct a therapeutic regimen.
Born in Egyptian city of Mansoura in 1928, Dr. Nasr
nurtured a strong affinity for imaging and photography from his
Inspired by Ibn Battuta’s vision and attention to detail, Dr. Nasr
picked up his diary, a 35mm Canon
, and set off on a journey to tour the world using his camera to document his travels with some magnificent photography.
Over a period of several decades, Dr. Nasr’s extensive travels have taken him around Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
With same passion that drove Ibn Battuta to pack his belongings and lead a traveler’s life, Dr. Nasr
had the overwhelming urge to see the world.
An addicted traveler, Dr. Nasr
, like an anthropologist collecting photographs, catalogues his
many memories in large bounds each celebrating a particular journey.
In a single trip in 1980, Dr. Nasr
and wife Mrs. Raga’e drove through the deserts of Kuwait and Iraq, the valleys of Syria and Turkey, and the European mountain ranges.
However, not all of Dr. Nasr’s journey’s have been leisurely.
During the Gulf Crisis in August 1990, while he
was employed in Al-Sabah Hospital
, Dr. Nasr's
knowledge and experience about ground and desert travel assisted many of his
colleagues and friends during the exodus from Kuwait prior to Desert Storm.
friend, the late Dr. Gaber Ramadan, assistant director of Al-Sabah Hospital
, Dr. Nasr
planned and executed the journey through the harsh summer deserts of Arabia.
The six day drive through Iraq, Jordan, crossing the Bay of Aquaba to the Egyptian port of Nuweiba, then across the Sinai arriving in Cairo on 14th September was perhaps the most difficult and trying of travels for Dr. Nasr
always found time to swing open his
camera case and document life and history around him.
Though a full-time pediatric neurologist, an extremely demanding occupation, it was never an obstacle for Dr. Nasr
to pursue his
activities and hobbies as an artist, traveler, and photographer.
Nevertheless, on the job, Dr. Nasr
is a pioneer in his
Like any curious traveler, Dr. Nasr
applies this curiousity to his
occupational duty of solving puzzles by discovering the etiology of diseases affecting children.
For this, nothing is more important than a keen eye
and a flawless attention to detail.
Soon, Dr. Nasr
found himself merging his
job and hobby.
In doing so, he
took a liking for medical photography, a specialty that gained him recognition.
worldwide journeys and passion for photography complemented his
work allowing him to excel in clinical photography and in studying the brain’s waves using EEG (electroencephalographic) waves.
After completing his medical qualification from Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Nasr specialized in pediatric neurology at Liverpool University, UK.
Over 45 years, Dr. Nasr has worked as a medical doctor in Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Ireland and the UK.
has selected a very few of the thousands of photos Dr. Said Nasr
has taken from all over the world and will compile a small gallery.