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Unforgiving Tides

The True Story of a Young Doctor's Encounters with Mud, Medicine & Magic on a Remote South Pacific Island



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Unforgiving Tides by Ross Pennie
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This is the creative retelling of Dr. Ross Pennie's true adventures as a medical volunteer on a remote South Pacific island. At 25, Pennie is fresh out of medical school when he heads for Papua New Guinea. As Pennie recalls: "It was an uneventful stay, except...I faced amputating a young woman's leg with a hacksaw; I performed my first-ever appendectomy during an earthquake, the hospital was turned into a temporary tavern to treat alcohol-poisoning victims...I developed milk formula that saved the lives of scores of malnourished children; I grappled with culture shock and indifference to my efforts; and I encountered a life-altering crisis of confidence that left me questioning why I'd ever gone to Papua New Guinea in the first place". "The Unforgiving Tides" is a testament to the strength of the human spirit -- and the limits of modern medicine.

Author Biography

Ross Pennie is a professor at McMaster University, Hamilton, and a practising physician at Brant Community Health System. He is also a nationally renowned expert specialist in the treatment of infectious diseases.
Release date NZ
November 1st, 2004
Country of Publication
Manor House Publishing Inc
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