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About this book:

  • ISBN: 978-1-910237-14-4 (hardback, cloth cover & dust jacket)

  • Published December 2016

  • Price £30.00 + postage

  • 252 pages

  • Illustrated with 14 colour and black & white photographs



About this Book:

This book is the story of Dr Ian Conacher who was born in Scotland in 1947. His father became a Colonial Medical Officer in Tanganyika Territory in 1948. Primary and secondary education was in Africa, before he returned to England for further education and to Scotland, to the University of St Andrews. He graduated MB ChB in 1971, and later became an anaesthetist. He worked in the National Health Service as a Consultant Anaesthetist, with a special interest and expertise in thoracic surgery for thirty years in Newcastle upon Tyne.
He obtained a Doctorate in Medicine from Dundee University in 1989, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons. He retired from clinical practice in 2008, and apart from some work with Medecins sans Frontieres, has since focused on his African roots to unravel the lives of the medical doctors who served with the Africa explorer Dr David Livingstone on the ill-fated Zambezi Expedition of 1858-64. Dr Conacher is married with four children and five grandchildren and continues to live near Newcastle upon Tyne.

…‘Then,’ said he, ‘I am going to my Father’s; and though with great difficulty I am got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder. So he passed over, and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side.’
John Bunyan (1628-1688) Pilgrim’s Progress






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