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Sixteen stories of amazing outback doctors and their heroic deeds, from the bestselling author of Bush Nurses and Nurses of the Outback.

Imagine yourself critically injured or seriously ill in the middle of nowhere. You’d be hoping like hell there was a doctor nearby to take charge; someone resourceful, who’d think quickly and stay calm under pressure; or even someone who could, if necessary, take charge from a distance. You’d want to be in the safe and sure hands of one of these clever bush doctors.
Meet some of the extraordinary GPs, specialist medicos and Royal Flying Doctors who save lives every day beyond the great divide. They might work in some of the most spectacular locations in Australia – from the splendid isolation of the Kimberley and the wide open spaces of outback Queensland to the glorious surfing beaches of eastern Victoria and the freezing icecaps of Antarctica – but their profession demands long hours, extensive medical knowledge and, sometimes, courage beyond their experience.
From the bestselling author of Nurses of the Outback and Our Vietnam Nurses, Bush Doctors is a powerful and captivating tribute to all rural and remote doctors – unsung Australian heroes who truly do care.

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    August 28, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    272 pages

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    August 28, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    272 pages

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One of the reasons I chose to write about rural and remote doctors was the fact that we don’t have many, especially com­pared to when I first arrived at the Charleville Base Hospital in South West Queensland to finish my nursing training nearly forty years ago.

In 1978, Charleville had a population of roughly 3000 people and boasted several doctors. The remarkable Dr Louis Ariotti, world-renowned for his clever and often innovative solutions to complicated and potentially life-changing conditions or traumatic injuries, shared his private surgical practice with two highly respected general practitioners, Dr Dorothy Herbert and Dr Ron Parker.

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