Anthony J. Radford, Singsings, Sutures and Sorcery: A 50 Year Experience in Papua New Guinea; A Dokta at Large in the Land of the Unexpected

Moore, Clive (2014) Anthony J. Radford, Singsings, Sutures and Sorcery: A 50 Year Experience in Papua New Guinea; A Dokta at Large in the Land of the Unexpected. Health and History, 16 1: 128-129. doi:10.5401/healthhist.16.1.0128

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Author Moore, Clive
Title Anthony J. Radford, Singsings, Sutures and Sorcery: A 50 Year Experience in Papua New Guinea; A Dokta at Large in the Land of the Unexpected
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Anthony J. Radford, Singsings, Sutures and Sorcery: A 50 Year Experience in Papua New Guinea; A Dokta at Large in the Land of the Unexpected
Journal name Health and History   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1442-1771
1839-3314
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Review of book, film, TV, video, software, performance, music etc
DOI 10.5401/healthhist.16.1.0128
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 128
End page 129
Total pages 2
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Anthony Radford first visited the Australian Territories of Papua and New Guinea as a medical student-cum-cadet medical officer for several months in 1959-1960. His initial posting was in isolated Chuave in the Chimbu district and then in Kainantu, both in the Highlands. In 1963 he and his family returned, and he lectured at the Papuan Medical College which in 1968 became the Medical Faculty or the University of Papua New Guinea. He also spent more years in Kainantu and Saiho. Radford left in 1972, returning regularly between 1978 and 2011 as a consultant in medical education.

The Chimbu section of the book is in the form of a diary full of the exuberance of youth and wide-eyed marvel at the life he found in the Highlands. Half an hour after arriving in Goroka on his way to Chimbu he assisted in the amputation of a foreann of a seventeen-year-old boy in a dirt floor hospital; such was life for doctors in New Guinea. The young medical student was soon left in charge of a sixty-bed hospital, and began to witness the separatism and racism of Australians in the Territories. Life in the Highlands was never dull...
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Additional Notes Subtitle: "(Preston,Vic: Mosaic Press, 2012). ISBN 978-1-74324-060-1. XXV +371 pp."

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