The Unforgiving Tides

The Unforgiving Tides

A Young Doctor Encounters Mud, Medicine and Magic on A Remote South Pacific Island

Book - 2004
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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.
Publisher: Ancaster, ON : Manor House Publishing, c2004.
ISBN: 9780973647709
Characteristics: 191 p. ;,c,24 cm.


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Feb 23, 2012

This book has an amusing introduction by the publisher, who goes on and on about what a wonderful writer Ross Pennie is and how well-written this book is. It certainly is NOT well-written - goes in for far too many cliches and far too much purple prose - but it is a very, very interesting book. I'm still telling people stories out of it. A young doctor goes, in the late 1970s, to Papua New Guinea, to work in the hospital at Vunapope. The experiences he had and the changes he wrought are well worth reading about. If you have any interest in medical ingenuity, travel, or Papua New Guinea, you would likely be able, as I was, to shrug off the average writing and enjoy the adventures.

Mar 27, 2011

This was an interesting book. I liked it.

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