The Hospital by the River: A Story of HopePaperback
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- Publisher: Monarch Books
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 28mm | 358g
- Publication date: 27 January 2005
- Publication City/Country: Oxford
- ISBN 10: 1854246739
- ISBN 13: 9781854246738
- Illustrations note: 16pp colour
- Sales rank: 9,164
Gynaecologists Catherine and Reg Hamlin left Australia in 1959 on a short contract to establish a midwifery school in Ethiopia. Over 40 years later, Catherine is still there, running one of the most outstanding medical programmes in the world. The Hamlins dedicated their lives to women suffering the catastrophic effects of obstructed labour. 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, with their team of dedicated fistula surgeons, have successfully operated on over 25,000 women, and the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, the hospital they opened in 1974, has become a major teaching institution for gynaecologists from all over Ethiopia and the developing world. Since Reg's death, Catherine and her team have continued the work.
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Gynaecologist Dr Catherine Hamlin is a Companion of the Order of Australia and has won the Gold Medal of the Royal College of Surgeons. Australian by birth, she has spent most of her working life in Ethiopia.
By Nimity Keon 27 Oct 2011
Beautifully written book that I have read over 5 times over and over. Catherine is an absolute inspiration and to able to have an insight into her life is an honour.