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Inside the Ropes : A Surgeon's Life - Doug Tracy

Inside the Ropes

A Surgeon's Life

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Humour outweighs dignity in this autobiography by a leading Australian surgeon, foundation Professor of Surgery at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, and past President of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

It covers eighty years from childhood in different Australian country towns through the development of a surgical career with as many disappointments as triumphs. The ignoble sport of boxing, in which he engaged in boyhood and at university, leads him to describe the struggles in his surgical life 'from inside the ropes'.

He lived through a huge leap of surgical history after World War II, most of the operations performed today being invented in that time. He was embroiled in the controversial beginnings of Sydney's second medical school and served in South Vietnam as leader of a civilian surgical team. The poignant dramas of surgical illnesses are described with passion and humour in stories of exceptional individuals - patients, administrators and surgical mentors - who inspired his life as a leading surgeon and teacher. All these strands are engagingly intermingled with stories of remarkable people whose struggles played a transforming part in the author's life.

Books written by doctors are mostly intended for reading by other doctors, but this intimate biography by an octogenarian surgeon is for everyone.

About the Author

Professor Tracey was the president of the Surgical Research Society of Australasia (1968) and Chairman of the Australian New Zealand chapter of the International Cardiovascular Surgical Society.

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    4.0

    very plain

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      this book i enjoyed reading,i read this book in 2 nights,it gets a little flat in places but it still holds your attention
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      An interesting Biography

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        Interesting reading for friends and family and anyone curious about the life of a surgeon. Interesting and impressive.

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        you will be in for a treat

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          this book was a great read and opens your eyes what a surgeon goes through

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          ISBN: 9781921362040
          ISBN-10: 9780316778527
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 280
          Published: 1st September 2008
          Publisher: Sid Harta Publishers
          Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0