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Doctor in Vanuatu

Author: E A Freeman
Publisher: Suva, Fiji : IPS Publications, University of the South Pacific, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is a memoir of seven years spent working to heal and mend and to improve medical skills and resources in Vanuatu in the 1960s.
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Genre/Form: Personal Narrative
Biography
History
Named Person: E A Freeman; E A Freeman; E A Freeman
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: E A Freeman
ISBN: 9789820203808 9820203805
OCLC Number: 137291127
Description: 187 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Machine derived contents note: 1. Memories rekindled 1 --
Return to Vanuatu; 50th Anniversary Celebrations for the --
Church; Visiting Old Haunts; Remembering the Beginning --
2. Something less than paradise 9 --
Arrival in 'Paradise'; Tango Training Institute; Common --
Medical Problems of Vanuatu and the Pacific in the 60s --
3. Arrival at Paton Memorial Hospital 19 --
Dr Ron Ramm and Dr KnoxJamieson; Sister Elspeth Edgar; --
Settling in --
new tasks, more new faces and new traditions --
4. Early days at Paton Memorial Hospital 27 --
"The establishment and facilities of PMH; Anaesthetic --
practices; A memorable emergency before my return to --
Sydney --
5. The family arrives in Vila 33 --
Short-term work and a new daughter; A special ceremony and --
a new anaesthetic machine; To Vila via Noumea; Welcome to --
Iririki; The basics --
obtaining, keeping and preparing food; --
Dr Malkau Kalsakau; The big race --
6. Early challenges 45 --
Schooling for the boys; Codes of conduct; Sport as a --
contraceptive!; Coping with medical challenges; Visit to --
Malo --
7 A brutal history 55 --
The sorry practice of'blackbirding'; The role ofJohn Paton in --
stopping the slave trade --
8 The challenges continue but the facilities improve 59 --
Diagnosing in Bislama; Patients and staff from all over; The --
beginning of a blood bank; The blood bank saves (more) lives; --
More help from the Red Cross --
9 Travel and customs --
the outer islands 73 --
Pre-WWII boats; WWII planes; Post-WWII sea travel; --
An orientation tour of the outer islands; Tongoa, Epi and --
Lamenu Islands; Paama and Malekula Islands; Ambrym, --
Ambae and Pentecost Islands; Godden Memorial Hospital, --
the Boyd Memorial Clinic and the Rev. Ian Taylor; Return --
to Vila --
10 The ravages of tuberculosis and we go to Ambrym 91 --
Treating tuberculosis; Another doctor --
Dr Tuka Mua; The --
family goes to Ambyrm; Life on Ambrym; Visiting a 'bushie' --
village --
11 International relations, women's business 103 --
and Christmas --
The Russians arrive; Women's business; A visit from the --
House of Commons; Christmas festivities at PMH --
12 Clinical work continues 117 --
Medical emergencies; Retreat to Onesua; The dangers of --
childbirth; Birth control; Sharing the load; More medical --
emergencies --
13 A visit from the navy and more obstetric problems 129 --
The navy hits town; On-board medical facilities; Difficult --
deliveries --
14 Graduation 1966 135 --
Graduation ceremonies; An 'Aussie' moment; Broken bones, --
liver failure, asthma and appendiceal abscesses; Over- --
crowding at PMH; Furlough --
15 Return to Vila 145 --
Back to PMH and into work; A welcome dentist; A --
memorable operation; Work on the outer islands --
16 A splendid offer 153 --
Bluebird II, Dorothy takes a paid job; Malaria strikes; A new --
hospital, a splendid offer and a study grant; An emotional --
leave-taking --
17 Success in Scotland, return to PMH and 161 --
an unwanted end --
A Fellow of the Royal College; A fearful flight; Home to --
PMH; Felled by fever; Evacuation to Sydney; Lessons and a --
new direction --
Epilogue by Dr David Bannister 173.
Other Titles: Memoir
Responsibility: Ted Freeman.
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This book is a memoir of seven years spent working to heal and mend and to improve medical skills and resources in Vanuatu in the 1960s.

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