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The Hospital By the River

Paperback|Apr 2016
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For over 50 years, Australian gynaecological surgeon Dr Catherine Hamlin has been transforming the lives of Ethiopian women living as outcasts due to the disastrous effects of obstructed labour. This is the moving and utterly compelling account of an extraordinary...


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For over 50 years, Australian gynaecological surgeon Dr Catherine Hamlin has been transforming the lives of Ethiopian women living as outcasts due to the disastrous effects of obstructed labour. This is the moving and utterly compelling account of an extraordinary life in Christian service.

Book Review by Colin Buchanan from goodreads.com:

"Gynaecologists Catherine and Reg Hamlin left Australia in 1959 on a short contract to establish a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Almost 50 years later, Catherine is still there, running one of the most outstanding medical programs in the world. Through this work, thousands of women have been able to resume a normal existence after living as outcasts. The Hamlins dedicated their lives to women suffering the catastrophic effects of obstructed labour - a problem easily dealt with in the developed world by assisted delivery or caesarean section, but disastrous without medical intervention. The awful injuries that such labour produces are called fistulae, and until the Hamlins began their work in Ethiopia, fistula sufferers were neglected and forgotten - a vast group of women facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation.

Catherine and Reg have successfully operated on almost 30,000 women, and the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, the hospital they opened in 1975, has become a major teaching institution for surgeons from all over Ethiopia, Africa and the developing world. Since Reg's death, Catherine has continued their work. As well as being made a companion of the Order of Australia, being awarded the ANZAC Peace Prize and the coveted Gold Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons, Catherine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

The Hospital by the River is Catherine's story. Set against the vivid backdrop of Ethiopia, it is a moving and utterly compelling account of an extraordinary life."

Publisher Description

:Gynaecologists Catherine and Reg Hamlin left Australia in 1959 on a short contract to establish a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Almost 50 years later, Catherine is still there, running one of the most outstanding medical programs in the world. Through this work, thousands of women have been able to resume a normal existence after living as outcasts. The Hamlins dedicated their lives to women suffering the catastrophic effects of obstructed labour–a problem easily dealt with in the developed world by assisted delivery or caesarean section, but disastrous without medical intervention. The awful injuries that such labour produces are called fistulae, and until the Hamlins began their work in Ethiopia, fistula sufferers were neglected and forgotten–a vast group of women facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation. Catherine and Reg have successfully operated on almost 30,000 women, and the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, the hospital they opened in 1975, has become a major teaching institution for surgeons from all over Ethiopia, Africa and the developing world. Since Reg's death, Catherine has continued their work. As well as being made a companion of the Order of Australia, being awarded the ANZAC Peace Prize and the coveted Gold Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons, Catherine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.The Hospital by the River is Catherine's story. Set against the vivid backdrop of Ethiopia, it is a moving and utterly compelling account of an extraordinary life.

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 433544
  • Product Code 9781743537817
  • ISBN 1743537816
  • EAN 9781743537817
  • Pages 336
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Pan Books
  • Publication Date Apr 2016
  • Sales Rank 4758
  • Dimensions 233 x 155 x 25mm
  • Weight 0.490kg

Catherine Hamlin

Raised in the Sydney suburb of Ryde, Catherine Hamlin (1924 - 2020) and her husband, Reg, were pioneering surgeons with an extraordinary legacy. They began the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia, which has become a major teaching institution for surgeons from all over the developing world. As well as being made a Companion of the Order of Australia, and being award the ANZAC Peace Prize and the coveted Gold Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons, Catherine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

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